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The Importance of Mental Health Training In The Workplace


The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.

MHFA trained employees will help equip your organization to:

  • Recognize and understand the symptoms of mental health problems
  • Provide help to prevent the mental health problem from developing into a more serious state
  • Promote the recovery of good mental health by accommodating employees in distress or recovering from a crisis
  • Increase productivity and reduce absenteeism and overall pressure on benefits

Evidence has shown that individuals who complete the MHFA training have:

  • Significantly greater recognition of the most common mental health illnesses and problems
  • Decreased social distance from people with mental health illnesses or problems
  • Increased confidence in providing help to others
  • Demonstrated increase in helpful actions

In a recent major Canadian study, 82% of responding organizations ranked mental health conditions in their top three causes of short term disability (72% for long-term). Moreover, 30% of all short and long term disability claims are due to mental health problems and illnesses. The average responding organization reported spending more than $10.5 million annually on absence claims.

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