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Less than one-third of employees talk about their mental health problem to their employer


Justine Montminy

16 May 2018 13:30

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According to a survey conducted by Sun Life Financial in Canada, only 28% of workers who live with a mental health problem told their employer. In comparison, workers with a physical health problem severe have talked to 56 %.

“It is clear that in Quebec, as in Canada, mental health is still the object of prejudice in the society. People spend a lot of time at work, they cannot easily set aside their mental health problems when they get there, ” said president and chief executive officer of Sun Life Financial Quebec, Robert Dumas.

Employers ‘ responsibility

He adds that employers should create a work environment that provides support and security while providing tools and resources that promote the mental health and well-being.

According to Mr. Dumas, companies must play their role fully, because personal accountability toward healthy life habits is not enough. “Employers have the ability and the responsibility to reverse this situation “, he adds.

More than one-quarter remains silent

The survey reports that 27 % of those surveyed have not talked about what they had been living at a health professional. Among this figure, the generation Y (20 to 34 years) was less inclined to talk about it with 33 %, followed by generation X (35 to 54 years of age) to 27 % and the préboumeurs (75 to 80 years old) at 23 %.

Mental health problems affect 49 % of Canadians, says Sun Life. Among this number, 37 % have suffered from anxiety and 30 % suffered from depression. Generation Y is the most numerous to report having ever suffered from mental health problems, with 63 %, followed by generation X at 50 % and of the last boomers (55 to 64) 41 %, says Sun Life.

Nearly 3,000 Canadians surveyed

The results from the Barometer Sun Life Financial, an Ipsos online carried out from 13 to 19 October 2017 at 2900 Canadians aged 20 to 80 years. The senior advisor, public relations at Sun Life, Annie Martin, has told the Journal of insurance that the Barometer will not be published in its whole and that the figures disclosed are those made public.

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