Let’s talk day
February 9, 2011
February 9 – today is “Let’s Talk Day” – a day focused on mental health. No that doesn’t mean that you take the day off to give your brain a rest. It means it is a day to recognize something that doesn’t get talked about. It is something we avoid, or are afraid of……
But it is there more than we know it. And we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it. We need to in order to support those who experience it or are affected by it.
Why is the Calgary Chamber of Commerce interested in mental health? Beyond the fact that we care about the health and well being of our community, it is a business issue.
It is estimated that one in five Canadians will experience some form of mental illness.
Only one third of those who need help will get it.
Mental illness is the top cause of workplace disability in Canada.
It accounts for 30% of disability claims.
It accounts for 70% of disability costs.
An estimated 500,000 Canadians miss work every day due to mental illness, costing potentially $51 billion in healthcare costs and lost productivity.
Now you see why we care.
In 2011 the Calgary Chamber of Commerce will include mental health in our HealthWorks leadership dialogue series. I encourage you to take part and make this a topic that is talked about openly.