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The Link Between Workplace Stress & Mental Health

The Link Between Workplace Stress & Mental Health

People are increasingly aware of the prevalence of mental health issues in the workplace. It is estimated that one in five Canadian workers are struggling with a mental health issue at any given time. That figure translates to roughly 3.4 million people, 500,000 of whom call in sick every week due to a mental health condition. However, many Canadians may not realize that work-related stress is one of the most significant contributors to those numbers. In a study of Canadian workers, the Globe and Mail found that a full 34% of those dealing with a mental health problems...
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Realistic Terror Of PTSD In Horror Movies

Realistic Terror Of PTSD In Horror Movies

When it comes to representations of disabilities in pop culture, there’s often a risk they’ll be problematic. Whether it’s an oversimplified depiction of a heart attack with clearly visible symptoms or a reductive portrayal of depression, these depictions can be harmful by giving the general public the wrong impression. Lately, however, we’ve seen accurate, engrossing, and heartbreaking depictions of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in one specific niche of pop culture; horror movies.  It should come as no surprise that horror is a great home for accurate...
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PTSD: The Facts

PTSD: The Facts

For those of us who have not experienced Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), understanding the difference between an acutely stressful time and having the disorder can be confusing. Everyone faces difficult and frightening situations throughout life to varying degrees. Though over time the emotional impact of these experiences usually fade, PTSD can last much longer and can have serious consequences on one’s life.  Events that are categorized as traumatic generally fall under the categories of crimes, natural disasters, accidents, war, conflict, or other...
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Working Through PTSD – Ejaz’s Story

Working Through PTSD – Ejaz’s Story

At 32, Ejaz felt like his life was truly coming together. He had a stable job as a data entry clerk, a decent apartment in Regina, Saskatchewan, great friends, and he and his girlfriend had just celebrated their 1 year anniversary. After spending his 20s travelling and moving from job to job, he was feeling ready to settle down and enjoy the routine of a regular work schedule and a comfortable life.  When Ejaz got in a car accident in the winter of 2019, everything changed for him. While driving back from a winter vacation, he swerved on an icy patch on the highway....
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Canadian Armed Forces Veterans & the SISIP Long Term Disability Plan

Canadian Armed Forces Veterans & the SISIP Long Term Disability Plan

In 2018, the Liberal government put aside more than $622 million to bail out the LTD plan for Canada’s veterans, as part of the 2018 budget. Like other Canadians who find out that they must fight to recover their disability insurance benefits, veterans are no different, although they appear to also face chronic funding shortages that appear to contribute to claims being denied or cut off prematurely. SISIP stands for the Service Income Security Insurance Plan. The plan is underwritten by Manulife Financial who administer these claims much as they would any LTD plan...
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The Provincial Stance on PTSD in the Workplace

The Provincial Stance on PTSD in the Workplace

Soldiers and first responders are not the only people who experience traumatic events in the workplace. More and more provinces are beginning to recognize that post-traumatic stress disorder can result from adverse conditions in a number of different jobs and are passing legislation that offers unique protections to affected employees. Unfortunately, the strength of such benefits can vary depending on the province and the profession, with much of the support being directed to first responders. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Firefighters, paramedics and police...