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Deroy, Ashton. “Hard At Work: Why mental health in the workplace is often misunderstood and stigmatized.” CBC.ca. N.p., 12 Apr. 2017. Web. 7 May 2017. <http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/hard-at-work-mental-health-1.4067499&gt;. CBC reports according to the mental health commission of Canada 500,000 Canadians are left unable to work due to mental illness. Diana Skye, the person who does the content guidelines for the Toronto-Businessphere left me a question. Do I think Canada needs to do more for people with mental illness in the workplace? To explore this topic, I want to look at the job market, barriers to job access and regulations around mental illness in the Canadian workplace.

Job Market

Lets face it if you are a person coping with mental illness & you are on the job market. You probably don’t have a lot of long term work experience!  However you have these morons in career centers pushing what are known as Chronological resumes. These resumes leave you explaining how long you have worked at a job, why you left it so soon and etc. Personally, I omit dates from my employment history. Stuff happens and I find it rather unfair that the worker carries 100% of the blame for every prior job. 

Barriers to job access

You can’t get a job unless you have 2-5 years of experience in many companies, unless you have 100% availability and the job becomes your entire life. Lets be real, this is the situation in Canada at this time. That is why in many areas recreational spending is dropping, or people are turning over employment due to unhappiness. Here are just some of the things preventing you from getting a job. (Despite the ideals of regulations)

  1. Having Dependents – Children limit your availability and in many employer’s eyes hinder your ability to meet the demands of the job.
  2. Having doctor’s appointments – If you tell a company upon looking to be hired that you have to miss time for Doctor’s appointments. They will turn you away in the interview. I have seen this with fast food, customer service & Marketing jobs consistently! See they want to live in this idealistic realm where employees have 100% show rates. 
  3. Problems at home – This is a never ending see-saw. If you have problems at home, you will have problems keeping a job. If you have problems keeping a job you accelerate problems at home! This is why many people in situations of domestic abuse, coping with tragedy & or sickness will turnover their employment. 

Regulations 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/accessibility-laws – Laws promoting accessibility in the workplace. 

What needs to be done? In the industries we can, we need to throw out 11-12 hour work days! Either by making anything past 8 hours over time or banning it all together. We need to employ the 35 hour work week law. This way if you have stuff to take care of, it can be taken care of. Many mentally unstable people likely depend on themselves for all elements necessary to their own survival. When you work 40-50 hours a week that just gets too challenging! Lastly we need workplace audits, if a workplace has a ton of churn it is time for Employment Ontario to step in and ask

“Why is this place having people go in and out so much?” It shouldn’t be entirely up to workers to hold organizations up to legal standards (Not being met


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