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Mental health issues affect 1 in 2 Toronto, Hamilton workers: CivicAction

Published on CBC.ca 

Mental health issues affect more than 1.5 million workers in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas, according to a new study from CivicAction.

“The numbers are staggering,” CivicAction CEO Sevaun Palvetzian toldMetro Morning host Matt Galloway on Monday.

Palvetzian said CivicAction’s estimate represents one in two workers in the area, “meaning everyone is one degree [of] separation from someone who has suffered or is suffering.”

Mental health issues like depression, anxiety, substance use, and bipolar disorder could cost the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas nearly $17 billion in lost productivity over the coming decade, according to CivicAction.

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