Mental Health costs the Canadian Economy $50 Billion – Let’s Talk

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Mental Health costs the Canadian Economy $50 Billion – Let’s Talk
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Kristen Curry

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Kristen Curry is the Communications Coordinator at the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, and a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University where she received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication and Media Studies with Business Management Option.

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The Oakville Chamber of Commerce and their Young Professional & Entrepreneur Group (YPEG), in partnership with Bell Let’s Talk, will host Let’s Talk About… Mental Health in the 21st Century: Stigma, Reality & Hope. The keynote speaker will be Dr. David S. Goldbloom, OC, MD, FRCPC, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

He is the co-author of the best-selling book How Can I Help?: A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist He maintains an active clinical and teaching role at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health where he serves as Senior Medical Advisor. He is a member of the Boards of the Graham Boeckh Foundation, Jack.org, and the CAMH Foundation. In 2014 Dr. Goldbloom was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

“We are pleased to be presenting our members with the opportunity to join in the important discussion on mental health” stated Ken Nevar, Chair of the Board, Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “Mental health conditions in the workplace are being diagnosed with greater frequency and disability claims for mental illness is the fastest growing claim type in Canada.”

This will be the fourth time that the Oakville Chamber has partnered with Bell Let’s Talk to host the mental health breakfast.

“Bell Let’s Talk is pleased to partner with the Oakville Chamber of Commerce again this year to lead the discussion about mental health,” said Lena Demarco, Bell’s Regional Director, Community Affairs. “We invite everyone to continue the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 31.”

“From a business perspective, the cost of mental illnesses to the Canadian economy is estimated at over $50 billion annually, with $20 billion of that stemming directly from workplace losses” added John Sawyer, President, Oakville Chamber of Commerce. “We encourage our members to ensure they facilitate a mentally healthy environment for their employees.”

For organizations looking to build a mentally healthy workplace, please visit www.occ.ca/mentalhealth/ for Working Toward Mental Wellness: A Toolkit for Employers. The site also lists a selection of resources to help employers assess their business, develop appropriate solutions and discover formal support.

The cost of mental illnesses to the Canadian economy is estimated at over $50 billion annually, with $20 billion of that stemming directly from workplace losses.

The breakfast discussion on Mental Health and the workplace will take from on Wednesday, January 24th from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM. The meeting will be held at the OE Banquet Hall at 2245 Speers Road. Ticket prices are $25 for Members and $40 for Non-Members. To register of for more information please visit www.OakvilleChamber.com.

About YPEG
The Young Professionals and Entrepreneur Group (YPEG) was launched in 2013 to provide a forum to engage young professionals and entrepreneurs through connection, collaboration, and learning opportunities that enhance and support the Oakville business community. Open to all business professionals, the group is predominantly targeted to those between the ages of 18 and 40 years.

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce recognizes the value that young professionals bring to the Oakville business community and therefore, invite this talented demographic to be a part of the Chamber through YPEG events and/or the broader chamber community. Each year, YPEG hosts a number of events including Business Socials and a great speaker series.

About Bell Let’s Talk
Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 31

Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of these interactions on January 31, at no extra cost to participants:

  1. Text and talk: Every text message, mobile and long distance call made by Bell customers
  2. Twitter: Every tweet using #BellLetsTalk and Bell Let’s Talk Day video view
  3. Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let’s Talk Day video at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk and use of the Bell Let’s Talk frame
  4. Instagram: Every Bell Let’s Talk Day video view
  5. Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let’s Talk filter and video view





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