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Mental illness found to reduce life expectancy as much or
even more than smoking a whopping 20 cigarettes a day!*

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* Risk of all-cause and suicide mortality in mental disorders: a meta-review, World Psychiatry 2014;13:153-160.

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Mental illness in Canada costs an estimated $51 billion per year. Many organizations are unaware of the massive hit on their bottom line as a direct result of mental illness in the workplace. These costs include increased drug costs, absenteeism, disability claims, decreased productivity and other issues related general cognitive “fog.” A comprehensive report on the cost for workplace mental illness can be found here.

The Economic Club of Canada, Excellence Canada and BestLifeRewarded Innovations, founders of the BestLifeRewarded health behaviour change program, developed the Mental Health at Work® Challenge as part of a “coordinated assault” to change the face of mental health in Canada.

Program Objectives

  • Raise awareness for the significant impact of mental illness in the workplace
  • Support employees with the tools and resources they need to foster a healthy, productive workplace and seek appropriate help if needed
  • Encourage employers to take immediate action with small steps to start the process of implementing the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

Program Specifics

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About the Partners:

Economic Club of Canada — Since 2003, The Economic Club of Canada has earned a prestigious reputation as THE Podium of Record. Uniquely positioned as the only national non-partisan organization capable of staging events across the country, our mission is to bring our members and guests face-to-face with the most important, relevant and influential leaders of our time. The Economic Club has grown in stature and reputation as the most respected and influential platform of its kind.

Each year, more than 100 key policy makers and business leaders seek out The Economic Club of Canada to make major keynote addresses. In past years, our guests have included such high-profile figures as Senator John McCain; Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Victor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California; the Premiers of Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba; a number of Federal and Provincial Cabinet Ministers, including the Minister of Finance for a post-Budget address; and many others. The coming months will see us continue to host sessions featuring many of Canada’s – and the world’s – leading newsmakers.

Our audience members are drawn from the most senior levels of Canadian business, industry and government. Our sessions provide accessibility to our speakers and the opportunity to pose questions, direct and unfiltered. Membership is open to all who share a passion for the great issues of the day, and whose responsibilities require insight and information, experts and exchange.

Excellence Canada – Excellence Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that is committed to advancing organizational excellence across Canada. Since 1992, Excellence Canada has helped thousands of organizations become cultures of continuous quality improvement and world-class role models, through its Excellence, Innovation and Wellness Standard and its four-level progressive methodology.

As a national authority on Quality, Healthy Workplace®, and Mental Health at Work®, Excellence Canada provides excellence frameworks, standards, and independent verification and certification to organizations of all sizes and in all sectors. It is also the custodian and adjudicator of the Canada Awards for Excellence program, of which the Patron is His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., Governor General of Canada.

BestLifeRewarded Innovations – Founded by Susanne Cookson and Cynthia Hastings-James in 2010, BestLifeRewarded Innovations’ flagship program, BestLifeRewarded is an evidence based health behaviour change program. The BestLifeRewarded program was designed for one purpose - to promote sustainable health behaviour change for its members. BestLifeRewarded Innovations partners with employers, clinics, hospitals, health benefit providers and other important stakeholders in health in a coordinated effort to drive results in health behaviour change.

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