Psychological claims are one of the major contributors to disability absences in Canada. Mental health claims have taken a dramatic upturn in Canada in recent years, and the current COVID-19 environment may make it worse.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada undertook a study that demonstrated some alarming statistics:
Mental health issues are being diagnosed with greater frequency, and disability claims grow faster than any other type of claim. And that’s bad news, given that the cost of a disability leave for a mental illness is about double the cost of a leave due to a physical illness.
• each week, at least 500,000 Canadians are unable to work due to mental health problems
• this costs Canadian businesses nearly $1,500 per employee annually, according to Benefits Canada
• in any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness
The Commission found that people in their early and prime working years are among the hardest hit by mental health problems and illnesses:
• mental health problems and illnesses account for approximately 30% of short – and long-term work disability claims
• almost 22% of the working population in Canada is currently experiencing mental health problems
The good news is that Organizational Solutions is experienced in identifying and managing mental health claims. Staff is trained in trauma-informed conversations, and we’re familiar with the best and latest treatment options.
Our first concern is ensuring that the employee receives the best possible solutions and care that focuses on returning to their life.
• when assessing an employee with a mental health problem, OSI will ensure that our own mental health specialists and advisors are always available for consultation
• if the psychological condition is complex, we can expedite treatment within our Preferred Network of Providers
What used to be a permanent disability can often be treated today; evidence-based guidelines and treatment plans are evolving. A mental health diagnosis does not necessarily mean that an individual cannot work. In fact, since depression and isolation do not mix, workplace accommodation might be the best route to take.
There are many ways to understand and accommodate mental health conditions. Let OSI guide your path.
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