Developing Healthy Workplace Environments Within BC Healthcare

Workplace-related mental illness is becoming an increasingly serious problem across Canada and the provinces. The estimated cost of mental illness in Canadian workplaces is currently well over $20 billion, with $12 billion due to lost work days and $11 billion due to decreased productivity. In British Columbia, the healthcare industry is one of the more critical job sectors shouldering these costs, where workplace related mental illness currently accounts for 13% of successful long-term benefit claims by healthcare workers). The rise in disability and absences due to mental illness put greater stress on an already overburdened workforce that needs to remain health to provide quality patient care.

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