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experiencing a mental health problem or illness, to complete the survey. The survey collected 1575 responses. Of the sample population who participated in this study, 34% identified as Millennials (20 to 35), 35% as Generation X (36-50), and 28% as Baby Boomers (51-65). The remaining identified as Generation Z (15- 19; 2%) and Traditionalists (66 plus; 1%). This coincides with the expected distribution of workers, with those of Generation Z, being generally below working age, Traditionalists generally beyond working age, and Baby Boomers, beginning to retire from the workforce (see below). 12 Howatt, W. (2017). The mental health experience in Canada’s workplaces: What is your experience? - issues/article34237902/ 13 Howatt, B and Bradley, L. (2017). Why everyone needs to take care of their mental health. - business/careers/workplace-award/why-everyone-needs-to-take-care-of-their-mental-health/article34249717/
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11 The socioeconomic status of respondents was also examined. Survey participant salaries ranged evenly between less than $30,000 and $120,000 annually, with the salary range of $51,000 to $70,000 being the most prevalent, with 20 per cent of participants falling in this range. The survey found that 33 per cent of employees reported two or more mental health concerns, with stress and trauma reported as the top two causes in the workplace 14 . The authors further reported that the mental illness reported by employees under 35 was anxiety whereas depression was more commonly reported by employees over 35. The National Institute of Mental Health defines depression as a serious mood disorder that causes severe symptoms affecting how an individual feels, thinks and handles day-to-day activities such as sleeping, eating and working 15 . Further, the American Psychological Association defines anxiety as a state characterized by feelings of tension and worry, with the addition of physical changes such as increased blood pressure 16 . 14 Howatt, B. and Adams, J. (2017). Survey finds employees wary to tell work about a mental health issue 15 NIH. (2016). Depression. National institute of mental health . Retrieved from . 16 APA. (2017). Anxiety. American Psychological Association . Retrieved from
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12 Mental health problems and illnesses can impact anybody at any time. Therefore, focusing on the five in five is of overall benefit to organizations. Mental Health in the Workplace Mental health problems and illnesses in the workplace are among the top concerns for organizations of all sizes in Canada. Throughout their lifecycle employees move back and forth along the spectrum of mental health in the workplace. This spectrum ranges through seven categories: Healthy in work In work struggling In work off sick Not in work (less than a year) Not in work (more than a year) Never worked .
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