Mental Health

Making it Mandatory

In September 2015, Teamsters Canada launched a national social media campaign called Make It Mandatory to convince Parliament to make mental health awareness and support mandatory in the workplace.

Mandatory: The Final Episode

When you make enough noise, they have to listen – and Canada, you’ve made a lot of noise! We are coming to the end of our Make It Mandatory mental health video campaign, an initiative that has led us across the country to talk to youth, politicians, mental health experts…

Mandatory Episode 6: Impact

Mental health issues can affect every aspect of a person’s life, including their ability to work. Imagine trying to do your job while dealing with fatigue, physical pain, lack of interest, concentration problems. Add to that feeling ashamed and afraid to talk about the mental illness at the root of…

Mandatory Episode 5: Suicide and Addiction

The ultimate cost of being unable to get help with a mental health issue is suicide – a preventable outcome that can be devastating to friends, family and an entire community. Suicide is a serious and prevalent issue in Canada: it is the leading cause of death for people between…

Mandatory Episode 4: Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental health disorders in Canada, and yet there is still stigma that surrounds talking about them. People experiencing depression suffer from feelings of hopelessness, loss of pleasure in usually enjoyed activities, sleep disturbances and even thoughts of death. Those who are…

Mandatory Episode 2: Stigma

Imagine you had a minor accident and you break your ankle. You go to a doctor, you are given medical assistance, crutches and a cast. While life is a little more difficult, you know you are being treated and it will get better soon. You aren’t ashamed to talk to…