Employees discuss their organization’s mental health strategy to help achieve a good work life balance.

Creating a pathway to positive mental health

Shifting the perception of the workplace from a source of stress to a pathway to positive mental health starts with a vision; a vision we should all share.

Hard work and dedication are fundamental qualities that companies desire, reward and value. They are a requisite for success. What’s become increasingly clear is that success can’t come at the sacrifice or detriment of employees’ physical and mental well-being.

Take a look at the numbers:

  • 70% of Canadian employees are concerned about the psychological health and safety of their workplace
  • 30% of short- and long-term disability claims in Canada are attributed to mental health problems and illnesses
  • 14% of Canadian employees don’t think their workplace is healthy or safe

Making a positive change

The Co-operators was recently awarded a gold certification by Excellence Canada for our exemplary workplace mental health programs and practices. It’s a step toward becoming a model employer for workplace mental health.

Traditionally, the workplace is a source of stress and a contributing factor to mental health issues. Our vision is that the workplace is a pathway to positive mental health. Employers have an opportunity to improve the workplace culture and implement processes that support physical and mental well-being.

Although the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness often stops people from seeking help, employers can take a proactive approach to creating their own pathway to positive mental health.

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