Better Access and Options for Workplace Mental Health With Dialogue

Caroline Lachapelle

How Common Are Mental Health Issues?

Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” One out of 3 Canadians will suffer from mental illness at one point during their lifetime, which translates into approximately 12 million people. In 2013, according to Statistics Canada, more than 3 million Canadians reported being affected by anxiety and mood disorders. These are conditions that often disturb everyday life, compromising the quality of time spent with family and friends as well as the ability to work.

Offering Solutions

Almost half of Canadians who are suffering from anxiety or depression will never seek help from health professionals. Stigma and discrimination are still present and often represent a barrier for people to act and to get the medical support they need. Our mind requires the same care as our body and mental illness can be treated as effectively as any other physical problem. Virtual care like Dialogue constitutes an accessible and effective option in seeking help or treatment by offering another means of communication  as psychological issues can be difficult to talk about. Dialogue’s virtual clinic treats stress, depression, anxiety, mood disturbance, insomnia, social conflicts, as well as challenging relationships at work. As smartphones are the most widely used communication tool among 18 to 55 year olds, the majority of workers can easily access Dialogue’s services and the care they need via text messages, phone calls and video calls.

The Importance of Promoting Mental Health in the Workplace

Talking about mental health in the workplace brings many socio-economic benefits. Short- and long-term medical leaves cost Canadian employers more than $6B every year. Also, mental illness, the leading cause of disability in Canada, represents 30% of all the disability claims. Employers should put forward programs, policies or services to support their employees’ needs when it comes to mental health. Easy access to care reduces absenteeism related to stress, exhaustion and mood swings. It also increases employees satisfaction, mood, teamwork and retention. Integrating Dialogue is a great way to empower employees by giving them access to an entire medical community, and helping them lead a happier and healthier life.