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Senior leadership not stepping up to support employee mental health: survey

Published online at Benefits Canada. 

While the majority of employers provide an employee assistance program to employees, very few believe their company’s senior leadership demonstrates a commitment to mental health, according to a new survey by CivicAction.

The not-for-profit organization surveyed employers that are using its MindsMatter online assessment, which provides actions and resources to help organizations better support their employees’ mental health.


While 74 per cent of participants reported their company has an employee assistance program, only 28 per cent said they were aware of senior leadership publicly demonstrating their commitment to mental health. Additionally, only 17 per cent of survey respondents said senior leadership had established a process to track the mental well-being of the organization.

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