Mental health issues can impact every aspect of a person’s life, including their workplace. Although some workplaces do have some mental health support, there is still stigma associated with opening up about mental health issues.
For young adults, mental health problems can sometimes be amplified when they begin post secondary education or enter the workforce for the first time and become increasingly independent.
Statistics don’t lie: costs associated with mental illness in Canada reach $51 billion a year, with one in five Canadians experiencing some type of mental health issue in their lifetime. Sadly, 75% of Canadians do not feel supported enough to discuss the problems they are facing.
The lack of support and compassion is obvious, but the solution is ignored.
Today, we are launching a national campaign to raise awareness and to make mental health support mandatory in workplaces across Canada.
We travelled from coast to coast to ask politicians, mental health advocates and young Canadians what they think Canada can do to make a difference when it comes to mental health.
Our series of seven videos explains why this is such an important issue and why change is needed.
Now we need your help to take it to the next level!
Help us spread the word by sharing our videos on social media, tweeting and emailing politicians and policy makers and letting other Canadians know that together, we can make a change when it comes to mental health. If we make enough noise, they have to listen.
Help us make mental health support mandatory!