Mental health issues account for approximately 40% of disability claims and sick leave in Canada, with depression and anxiety being the most prevalent . Given that one in five Canadians will develop a mental illness in their lifetime, the likelihood of an individual facing a mental health issue in the workplace is real. Unfortunately, the lack of understanding as well as the stigma associated with mental illness issues, often result in missed opportunities to mitigate the impact on employees and for the workplace. This includes lost productivity, absenteeism, presenteeism, disability and medical costs. Clearly action needs to be taken to reduce the potential impact on your business and protect the psychological health of your human capital.
AGS offers comprehensive services to mitigate these issues. Having participated in the three year Case Study project with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, AGS has acquired extensive experience in implementing the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard).
We have the right team of experts and the resources, products and services to help you manage as well as protect your organization and employees from the impact of mental health issues in your workplace, including customized solutions to address safety-sensitive occupations. It can be a challenge to navigate the spectrum of mental health services available – AGS can make it easier by offering you:
- Easy and quick access to an expert assessment team
- Trained experts to recognize mental health issues
- Training for your management and staff to create awareness and reduce stigma
- Services and tools that help you create a psychologically healthy workplace culture
- Assistance with frequent absences or disability related to mental health by creating safe and timely return to work plans
- Review of organizational culture
In addition to the above, AGS has developed an innovative solution, ACE (Advanced Cognitive Expertise) to address the rise of mental health claims. ACE combines the expertise of our professional network with leading-edge cognitive screening technology, designed to objectively measure multiple domains of functioning. It can screen for multiple impairments, including stress, anxiety and depression often major components of mental health claims. Not only will ACE provide optimal return-to work strategy for your mental health claims, it will also give you an early warning mechanism for mental health issues that may be festering in your workplace.
Our Mental Health Experts include specialized sub-group of Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants, Neuro-psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and kinesiologists. Through our robust assessment division, we are able to quickly access psychiatric and psychological evaluations. Our corporate services team consists of professionals trained in business management systems and specializing in integration of workplace mental health and employee well-being. Our team plays a critical role in helping employees back to health and work readiness. Providing supports for mental health issues can mean better outcomes for all concerned.
 Canadian Mental Health Association, 2010