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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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Raquelle Won Her Benefits With the Help of Share Lawyers

Raquelle Won Her Benefits With the Help of Share Lawyers

For Raquelle, things took a turn for the worse after her company was bought out. The new ownership wanted to switch everything to different software and systems, and as an IT Support Clerk, it fell to Raquelle to facilitate the transition. Normally, that wouldn’t have been a problem. However, she didn’t realize how much of the assignment she would have to shoulder on her own. Though Raquelle was one of several clerks, the rest of the team was let go when her new bosses decided it would be easier to start from scratch with an IT team trained exclusively on the new...
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Workplace Stress, By the Numbers

Workplace Stress, By the Numbers

Canadians are more stressed than ever. According to Stats Canada, 21% of the population over the age of 12 experiences high to extreme levels of stress on a regular basis, a figure that jumps to 29.4% between the ages of 35 and 49. Of course, that age breakdown shouldn’t be all that surprising. People in the 35-49 age range are usually in the prime of their careers, and much of their stress can be directly attributed to their employment. Canadian workers were significantly more stressed than the population at large, with 27% feeling high to extreme levels of stress – and...
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LTD Benefits Revoked After  Trip Surveillance

LTD Benefits Revoked After Trip Surveillance

For Charlie, time away from work was hardly a vacation. He had been forced to stop working as the front desk concierge at a condo building in downtown Calgary, and his condition was yet to improve more than a year after filing a long term disability claim. His doctors had diagnosed him with arthritis – their expertise had allowed him to get his claim approved – but so far they hadn’t found a way to reduce his symptoms. Until then, there was simply no way he could even consider going back to work. On most days, he could barely make it downstairs without suffering...
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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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Mental Illnesses and Support in the Workplace

Mental Illnesses and Support in the Workplace

Over the course of five years sharing an office, Ian and Sam had become good friends. They attended one another’s weddings, went to the occasional baseball game together, and while they weren’t extremely close, they got along well and were happy to have developed such a nice camaraderie at work.  In September of 2018, Ian was absent for two weeks. After a few days, Sam was concerned and sent Ian an email. Ian simply stated that he wasn’t feeling well, and hoped to be back to work soon. After his return to the office, Sam checked in with him again, seeing how he was...