Healthy businesses are those that support and safeguard employees' mental health
For Postmedia News October 2, 2010
WINDSOR, Ont. -- Stress, depression and other mental health issues afflict many people during their prime working years, costing employees financial stability and costing their employers productivity and profitability.
Disability claims account for four to 12 per cent of payroll costs. The incidence of depression, anxiety and other mental health claims is rapidly increasing. In the next 10 years, depression will rank second only to heart disease as the leading cause of disability globally.
A healthy business is one that supports and safeguards the health of its employees. It goes beyond offering a benefits plan and disability insurance: It makes efforts to understand mental health issues and take responsible, proactive measures, say experts in the field.
"Creating a mentally healthy workplace takes time and commitment and it is something we cannot ignore," says Patti Lauzon of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
"We all deserve to go to work each day and be treated with respect and work in an environment that honours our skills and abilities."
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- After, completing a very successful run at university and acquiring the necessary degrees and accolades to be part of the academic community, I left the confines of the Ivory Tower and started my private practice. In university, I was fortunate to study with some great mentors and have a very solid scientific background. Although science has its place, psychology is also an art. An art that requires a very strong link to one's own intuition. Even though I may be proud of my scientific and academic accomplishments, I am equally proud to have studied several types of meditation, yoga, Pilates, martial arts, Zen, Buddhism, Japanese calligraphy, comparative religious studies, and a variety of great therapies that are part of my consciousness. Apart from being a psychologist, I have certification in fitness training and behavioral nutrition. Although, psychotherapy is about problems, it is also about empowerment, growth, and grace. We should feel good about psychotherapy as a tool to get us where we really should be in life, with no judgment and with peace of mind.