TORONTO, May 3, 2017—In just four months, over 200 organizations, representing as many as 600,000 Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) employees, have taken CivicAction’s MindsMatter assessment and are primed to take the next steps forward for workplace mental health.
Building on this early momentum, CivicAction is calling on GTHA employers during Mental Health Week (May 1-7) to take the assessment and turn intention to action.
Of employers who have taken the MindsMatter assessment to date, 64% reported that senior leadership is supportive of a mental well-being strategy, but only 23% of respondents report that their organizations currently have one in place. Research by the Canadian Mental Health Association also shows that 42% of Canadian business leaders want to address mental health, but haven’t taken action due to barriers such as lack of time, resources, or know-how.
CivicAction’s MindsMatter assessment tool is looking to change this. The tool is free, confidential and takes only three minutes to complete. It provides three recommended actions with links to relevant examples and resources for employers to use as a roadmap to a more mentally supportive workplace.
Three minutes can make a difference to our people, our workplaces, and our economy.
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About CivicAction: Since 2012, CivicAction has brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle some of our region’s toughest challenges. CivicAction sets a non-partisan agenda, builds strategic partnerships and launches campaigns, programs and organizations that transform our region. To find out more visit civicaction.ca or follow us on twitter at @CivicActionGTHA.
About CivicAction’s MindsMatter Program: The MindsMatter program was developed in partnership with over thirty organizations on CivicAction’s Mental Health Champions Council and six Advisory Group members representing Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, Mental Health International, Ontario Ministry of Labour, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, and the Wellesley Institute. The content for the MindsMatter tool was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada with the financial support of Health Canada. Technology assistance thanks to Morneau Shepell. Branding and creative by PUBLIC Inc. To find out more visit civicaction.ca/mindsmatter #mindsmatter
CivicAction’s MindsMatter program would not be possible without the generous support of the Government of Ontario, Bell Let’s Talk, Aimia Inc., CGI, Mental Health Commission of Canada, CN, Willis Towers Watson, and probono partners Morneau Shepell, PUBLIC Inc., Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis, and McCarthy Tétrault.