The Effects Of Mental Health In The Workplace Environment

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This report studies the relationship and stigma behind mental health in a workplace environment. Achieving and maintaining positive mental health combined with decreasing workplace harassment, plays an essential part in achieving success in a company. In 2008, the Canadian Medical Association conducted a study that found only 23% of Canadian employees felt comfortable talking to their employer about mental illness (“Topics: Workplace”, 2015). This statistic suggests that the remainder of people, whom have not participated in studies, do not feel comfortable discussing their mental heath. Mental health issues are undoubtedly affecting these people as well, resulting in silent suffering. As well, Reid, (2007) conducted a study that indicates …show more content…
Within the union there is an extra responsibility for a union when it comes to a mental illness that is created through a workplace. Unions improve a work environment for employees through bargaining, mobilizing, and lobbying (Jansen, 2014). Non-unionized workplaces obviously do not have a union to help support a worker when it comes down to issues such as harassment, health and safety, accommodation in the workplace, confronting discrimination, and compensation. They do not have a voice, therefore they have less benefits, less sick leave days, and a worse or non-existent health plan. Mental health and illnesses are handled within the workplace differently depending on where you are in the world. In all previous sections most statistics came from North America, including Canada and the United States. It is important to look at other countries to see how workplaces there handle mental illnesses within their workplace and how their standards, benefits, and actions to help workers with mental illnesses work. With the United States at the top of the most depressed countries – 9.6% of the population is said to be suffering from some sort of mental health illness – it begs the question of what other countries do to help reduce the effect of mental illnesses (Dusen, …show more content…
It is important to make mental health and not just physical health, part of our occupational health and safety standards. Making employee’s comfortable in their workplace can result in less stress, a gratifying work-life balance, as well as a strong understanding of roles at their job and be able to contribute successfully to the company and workplace. A set of standards and recommendations are laid out through research of looking at workplace population and who mental health targets, what standards are already held within a workplace regarding mental health, what causes the rise in mental health, social obligation, the roles of unions and non-unionized workplaces, health standards set in place in countries around the world and analyzing what can and has been done to help reduce mental health. The examination of the differences between employees that work for a unionized versus non-unionized workplace as well as positive mental health cases in the Canada contributed to the list of

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