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Like many Canadians, I’ve witnessed first-hand the struggles people experience in obtaining a timely, affordable appointment with a mental-health professional. Loved ones often face lengthy wait times and disjointed care, while family members try to help as best they can. With one in five Canadians experiencing a mental-health problem or illness in any given year, […]

  • January 25, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 08:45

With 30 per cent of all disability claims now related to a mental illness and the numbers continuing to rise, are we making headway in supporting employees, supervisors and case managers? Assessing and managing disability claims related to mental health has, of course, evolved over time, but there are opportunities for further improvements. Fortunately, there […]

  • September 1, 2016 September 13, 2019
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While employers strive to provide the right balance in their total rewards strategies, there’s sometimes a disconnect between what they offer their employees and what staff say they need and want. Employees are asking for more choice and the ability to customize their benefits from both a health and financial perspective. Adding a selection of […]

  • February 22, 2016 September 13, 2019
  • 09:12

In any given week, at least half a million Canadian employees miss work due to a mental illness, reports the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. This includes about 355,000 disability cases due to mental and/or behavioural disorders and roughly 175,000 full-time workers absent due to mental illness, based on research from Dewa, Chau and […]

  • December 18, 2015 September 13, 2019
  • 17:00

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, reports released in 2011 and 2012 indicate that mental health illnesses accounted for roughly 30% of short- and long-term disability claims and are rated one of the top three drivers of such claims by more than 80% of Canadian employers.

  • September 1, 2014 September 13, 2019
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How an employee returns to work following an absence—be it due to a physical or mental illness—will have a huge impact on his or her recovery process and their sustainable return to the workplace.

  • October 4, 2012 September 13, 2019
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Most employees, given the opportunity, would rather return to work as soon as possible after being off with an illness. And most employers are only too happy to make this happen by offering appropriate programs. However, work absence rates among Canadian employees have been steadily increasing for more than a decade and there is no […]

  • October 22, 2010 September 13, 2019
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