What the Research Shows
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The medical literature speaks that there is a need for corporate wellness programs.
Corporations lose an average of 16 days productivity per year per worker because of stress, anxiety or depression related health issues.
The largest area of increase in long-term disability has been in mental health.
40% of worker turnover is attributed to ‘stress.’
62% of workers by the end of the day complain of neck pain, 44% have eye fatigue, 34% experience difficulty sleeping due to stress.
One in five people in Canada will in their lifetime experiences a mental health issue. The accumulated cost for this ongoing problem is in excess of $50 billion. 
Mental health issues account for 30% of short & long-term disability claims. 
Mental health issues are one of the three top causes for short & long-term disability claims made by more than 80% of Canadian employers. 
In 2010, mental health issues received 47% of all approved disability claims in the federal service, almost double that of twenty years earlier. 
Mental health issues account for more than $6 billion in lost productivity due to related absenteeism and presenteeism. 
Adults with severe mental health issues die up to 25 years earlier than the average, with cardiovascular disease causing the most deaths. 
In a recent study, only 63% of patients hospitalized for depression had a follow-up visit with their doctor within 30 days of their discharge. Compare this to 99% of heart patients. 
In the same 30 days, 25% of those same patients hospitalized for depression either visited an emergency room or were readmitted to hospital. 
Peer support for people with mental health issues reduce hospitalizations and improve quality of life. 
One study reports that of those who found themselves caring for a family member with mental health illness, 27% of them lost income and 29% incurred major financial costs. 
Greater access to peer support, housing, and community-based services improves quality of life and helps those suffering with mental illness to stay out of hospitals and the criminal justice system. 
Canada spends only 7 cents of its public healthcare dollar on mental health, far below the 11% they spend in New Zealand and the U.K. 
A 2012 study says that 5.2% of Canadians will experience a mood disorder in the next year, with 4.8% of Canadians experiencing an anxiety disorder in the same year. Of those with a mood or anxiety disorder, 22% of them will develop two or more disorders in the same year. 
Nearly half (47%) of working Canadians ‘agree’ that their ‘work and place of work is the most stressful part of their day and life.’ (Ipsos Reid, 2013). 
In a supportive work environment, depression doesn’t have to lead to disability. A recent review by McIntyre, Liauw and Taylor (2012) indicates that 50% or more of working individuals with depression will not seek short-term disability leave at any point in their working life. 
Employees suffering mental health issues often do not report or disclose these issues mostly because of a previous stigmatization. 
Evidence shows that the stigma associated with mental illness, in the community, in the workplace, among healthcare and vocational rehabilitation workers, is responsible for a 70% misdiagnosis rate for bipolar disorder. 
When mental illness is treated early and effectively, disability leaves, which cost companies an average of $18,000 per leave, can be avoided. 
The cost of providing reasonable mental health-related accommodations is usually quite low, well under $500 per person per year.