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and positive thinking 8 . Today, one in every five Canadians experiences a mental health issue in a given year 9 .This figure equates to 20 per cent of the Canadian population, approximately 7.1 million individuals; or the population of the 15 largest Canadian cities combined. We also know one in two Canadians under the age of 40 will experience a mental health issue by the time they turn 40 years of age 10 . These numbers also have a direct impact on the workplace, as every day 500,000 Canadians are unable to work due to mental health problems or illnesses 11 . This statistic was the genesis for asking the research question, “Who are the one in five?” The path Morneau Shepell and The Globe and Mail took to answer this question was using The Mental Health Experience in Canada's Workplaces sur vey. As we thought about this question, we concluded that mental health is relevant to every employee. Therefore, employers are well-advised to address the mental health of all employees, not just the one in five. To effectively reduce the risk of mental injury (e.g., bullying) among employees and to promote and support their mental health requires intention, action and commitment on the part of the employer. 5 WHO (2014). Mental health: A state of well-being. World Health Organization . Retrieved from 6 Howatt, B. (2016). What’s your emotional IQ. -on-business/careers/career-advice/life-at- work/whats-your-emotional-eq/article28398892/ 7 Howatt, B. (2017). Tips to gain control of your daily decisions. - award/tips-to-gain-control-of-your-daily-decisions/article36009196/ 8 Howatt, B. (2017). Rewire your brain to think positively. - award/rewire-your-brain-to-think-positively/article36798533/ 9 Smetanin, P., Stiff, D., Briante, C., Adair, C., Ahmad, S. & Khan, M. (2011 ). The life and economic impact of major mental illnesses in Canada: 2011 to 2041. RiskAnalytica, on behalf of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. 10 Smetanin, P., Stiff, D., Briante, C., Adair, C., Ahmad, S. & Khan, M. (2011 ). The life and economic impact of major mental illnesses in Canada: 2011 to 2041. RiskAnalytica, on behalf of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. 11
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10 Every employee can be impacted either positively or negatively by how an employer behaves and supports employees in the workplace. Through this study, we wanted to gain insights and inform employers about what they can do to help employees with mental health problems and illnesses thrive in the workplace 12 . This study was conducted in Canada and was run over a six-month period from early 2017 to August. Globe and Mail readers were invited to respond to the survey through articles by Dr. Bill Howatt and guest co- authors such as Louise Bradley, who in March 2017 wrote, “Why everyone needs to take care of their mental health” 13 . Each article invited employees who have experienced or were currently experiencing a mental health problem or illness, to complete the survey. The survey collected 1575
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