With Canadians becoming more aware of the importance of mental health, workplaces will be forced to change their practices when it comes to mental injury and providing a psychologically safe workplace. The Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that 500,000 Canadians in any given week miss work because of mental illness. As well, 70% of disability costs for employers are caused by mental illness. Altogether, mental health issues cost the Canadian economy $51 billion per year.
What Is Mental Injury?
Mental injury is defined as psychological harm done to an individual by other individuals or a group. Dr. Martin Shain, an expert in this area, has seen a legal need for workplaces to start creating psychologically safe workplaces. This is because of a shift in the way mental health is interpreted in the courts. These findings are highlighted in his report Tracking the Perfect Legal Storm. A few key cases from the report are provided below: