VAUGHAN, ONT. — This week marks Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) and the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) is encouraging anyone in the construction industry to seek help if they need it.
Work-related stress, depression and anxiety are now the most reported workplace health issues in the construction industry, states a release, adding while 44 per cent of Canadians say they have coped with a mental health challenge, only 25 per cent get the help they need.
MIAW, co-ordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health in co-operation with member organizations and supporters, is an annual national public education campaign designed to make Canadians aware of the reality of mental illness.
Since 2017, combating mental health and addictions has been a strategic priority for RESCON and the group has hosted an annual Mental Health and Addictions symposium every November to raise awareness, share resources and best practices.
“Mental illness is the number one cause of disability in this country,” said RESCON president Richard Lyall in a statement. “COVID-19 has brought on new challenges and amplified many of the struggles that Canadians face. We must reduce the stigma and encourage open conversation about mental health issues, as that is the first step to helping those who may be struggling.
“Many Canadians in construction and other industries are living with mental health conditions year-round,” he added. “We must work towards a Canada where all those who need mental health resources can ask for help and get the support they need without barriers or fear of repercussions.”
For more information and resources visit camimh.ca.