A survey of over 450 Canadian organizations conducted by Mercer in conjunction with The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) found that mental health issues are a growing concern for employers. Almost 80% reported that mental health issues have increased in importance compared to three to five years ago. Mental illness is estimated to result in 35 million workdays lost every year in Canada and low productivity related to mental illness adds significant cost to employers.
Respondents reported that only 13% of senior executives have a strong awareness of the impact of mental health on the organization. “The high ranking that mental health has on the HR priorities list combined with the lack of awareness at the top of the organization is cause for concern,” says Anne Nicoll, Mercer Principal. “Executive knowledge and commitment to action are critical in addressing this issue.”