By Brad Henderson
Published on LinkedIn Pulse
Mental health is everyone’s business because it has the ability to affect all workplaces. In fact, 44% of Canadians say they have dealt with, or are dealing with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse or extreme stress. It is estimated that approximately 500,000 Canadians miss work each week due to mental health issues and the annual economic cost of mental illness in Canada is over $51 billion.
I am a member of the Leadership Council of CivicAction’s MindsMatter initiative, a program that provides resources on how to create and maintain mentally healthy workplaces. Through partnerships with likeminded campaigns such as Bell’s “Let’s Talk”, CivicAction hopes to contribute to making workplaces more conducive to mental health and wellness.
I am a passionate supporter of the Mind Matters program here at Sotheby’s International Realty Canada. It is a journey not a destination, as whatever level of success you have achieved, there will still be more to do. As a start, we are proud to promote this initiative through communications to staff, leadership meetings, anti-bullying and harassment policies, and on-line tools with the goal of educating employees on mental health and how we can support those affected by illness.
A mentally healthy workplace requires a commitment from all to exercise compassion, empathy and respect for all – as everyone deserves to feel empowered, supported and valued.