Mental Health

Costs associated with mental illness in Canada reach $51 billion a year, with one in five Canadians experiencing some type of mental health issue in their lifetime. Sadly, 75% of Canadians do not feel supported enough to discuss the problems they are facing.

A Resolution on Mental Health

This week, we’re attending the 28th convention of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) in Toronto. The CLC is an umbrella group for Canada’s unions, and their affiliates represent over 3.3 million workers. We’ll be putting...

Mandatory Episode 2: Stigma

Imagine you had a minor accident and you break your ankle. You go to a doctor, you are given medical assistance, crutches and a cast. While life is a little more difficult, you know...

We Will Never Forget

Six years ago today, tragedy struck our sisters and brothers at G4S. While performing a routine cash service at the University of Alberta’s HUB Mall, Travis Baumgartner fatally shot three of his coworkers, Eddie Rejano, Brian Ilesic and Michelle Shegelski. A fourth, Matthew Schuman, was rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds to the head.

Mental health more important than ever

With the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health must be, more than ever, at the centre of the concerns of unions, businesses and governments.

Mandatory Episode 4: Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental health disorders in Canada, and yet there is still stigma that surrounds talking about them. https://youtu.be/2CEOEZyCmeY People experiencing depression suffer from feelings of hopelessness, loss of...

Mandatory Episode 5: Suicide and Addiction

The ultimate cost of being unable to get help with a mental health issue is suicide – a preventable outcome that can be devastating to friends, family and an entire community. https://youtu.be/rvnQ9mogcEY Suicide is a serious...

Mandatory Episode 1: Role of the Government

The numbers don’t lie – Canada is facing a mental health crisis and it is affecting every aspect our society, including our workplaces and our youth. https://youtu.be/7_uSzyEtqBk This is troubling, as young people represent our future...

Mandatory Episode 6: Impact

Mental health issues can affect every aspect of a person’s life, including their ability to work. Imagine trying to do your job while dealing with fatigue, physical pain, lack of interest, concentration problems. Add...

Why Teamsters #GETLOUD about Mental Health

This week is Mental Health Week, which is all about getting loud and making noise about mental health issues. Workers affiliated with the Teamsters Union have been getting loud about the issue of mental health...

Mandatory: The Final Episode

When you make enough noise, they have to listen – and Canada, you’ve made a lot of noise! We are coming to the end of our Make It Mandatory mental health video campaign, an initiative...