Chronic Disease and Mental Health Report
Chronic Disease and Mental Health reveals that 25 to 50% of people who have a chronic disease, like cancer or diabetes, will also experience mental illness and particularly depression as a side effect.
And according to a 2011 Statistics Canada report, it is employees who have both a mental and a physical illness who stay off work the longest. What is happening in the body has an indelible impact on the mind. The consequences can be severe — not just for the individuals concerned, but also for employers, colleagues and workplace productivity. Just look at the stats:
- Mental health in the workplace is an ever-growing concern for employers across the country, with half a million Canadians absent from work every day because of depression.
- The prevalence of mental health disorders generally is higher in the workplace than in the general population.
- Nearly 3 million Canadians will experience depression at one point in their lives. Most often, it affects people in their working years, between the ages of 24 and 44.
- Employees who have both a mental and a physical illness stay off work the longest.
- In her March 31, 2015 report, Janice Charette, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to Cabinet, made mental health one of her “top three” priorities for the federal public service.
More Than Microscopes
In this report, you’ll read about advances that improve people’s quality of life: ground-breaking drug therapies, new surgical and treatment techniques, advances in organ transplantation, and the development of equipment and technologies to improve mobility and enhance independence. The report also highlights research that has the potential to find a cure for inherited diseases like hemophilia and Huntington’s, or that advances our understanding about a particular disease. Understanding how cells work, investigating gene therapies, using cells to destroy bacteria and viruses, and finding the gene mutation responsible for inherited diseases are examples of the life-changing research taking place in labs across the country.
Medical research is designed to enhance health and prolong life. For this reason, HealthPartners has also chosen to highlight the stories of people whose lives have changed as a result of medical research. Tying research to personal stories supports the overriding purpose of medical research and the importance of donor dollars to improving the lives of the nine out of 10 Canadians who will face a major disease or chronic illness during their lifetime.