The Working Class

The Working Class & Financial Stress / Mental Health

There is a mental health crisis right now in Ontario – 20% of the working class have missed three or more workdays in a year due to a mental health related concern[1].  This hasn’t gone unnoticed, as the attached video clip from Global News gives us a glimpse inside the Mental Health Summit held in Toronto by Mayor John Tory on April 9th. Other mayors from across Ontario, Vancouver, and Newfoundland were also in attendance, hoping to start the dialogue on how the rising impact of mental illness is putting stress on their local resources, and how the crisis can be managed more effectively on a city level, where it is hurting the most.

 

Financial hardship is the second leading cause of stress among all Canadians. Canadians are under more pressure than ever due to the rising cost of the housing market, personal debt, and increased difficulty to maintain daily costs of household living. In Toronto specifically, the average cost of daycare is now $2,000 per month, which is becoming problematic for working class Canadians with children[2]. However, the leading cause of stress among Canadians is work itself, which is a reality that many in the working class cannot avoid. The major workplace stressors in this country as reported in a Monster.ca survey are high workloads, prevalent office politics, how much you earn, geographical location, having a work-life balance, as well as gender and age differences.[3] Our Municipal governments may be searching for a solution to the Mental Health Crisis, but in the meantime, there are still outlets for those who may be struggling.

Here at The Therapy Centre, we provide services to clients who are off work and who may be receiving related disability benefits. Our clinicians are experienced in treating Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and work with specific treatment plans to support clients with their return to work goals, as well as assisting people determine healthier employment occupations.  Our offices are located at 2525 Old Bronte Road in Oakville, as well as 849 Upper Wentworth Street in Hamilton. With both locations easily accessible from the QEW, our services extend to clients in Etobicoke and Peel Region to the east and Hamilton and the greater Niagara Region to the west.

Other articles of Interest:

Mentally Fit

Adult Counselling and Therapy Services

References:

[1] Samra, J. (2017). “The Evolution of Workplace Mental Health in Canada”. Mental Health Resources. (2007-2017). Web. (Accessed 20 April 2018.) Retrieved from: https://www.hrpa.ca/for-the-public/mental-health-resources

[2] Lavoie, J. “Middle class Torontonians feeling the squeeze.” Toronto.com. 2 March, 2017. Web. Accessed 20 April 2018. Retrieved from:  https://www.toronto.com/community-story/7153859-middle-class-torontonians-feeling-the-squeeze/

[3] Dube, De-E. “Stress is the reason 1 in 4 Canadians quit their job”. Global News. 16 August 2017. Web. Accessed 26 April 2018. Retrieved from: https://globalnews.ca/news/3672298/stress-is-the-reason-1-in-4-canadians-quit-their-job/

Video Source: Global News. Toronto hosts nation-wide summit to tackle mental health. Globalnews.ca. 4132493. 16 April, 2018. Accessed 20 April 2018. Retrieved from:  https://globalnews.ca/video/4132493/toronto-hosts-nation-wide-summit-to-tackle-mental-health.

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