LifeWorks, formerly known as Morneau Shepell, says its report shows that almost half of working Canadians surveyed want mental health support, but affordability of those services is a barrier for some.
Spokesperson Paula Allen explains only 54 per cent of respondents felt they didn’t need support, 31 per cent have taken steps to improve their mental health, and another 14 per cent haven’t taken the steps but would like to.
Allen says within that last group, 30 per cent reported that affordability of care is their greatest barrier to mental health improvement, followed by 29 per cent saying they had no energy to seek care, 27 per cent reporting uncertainty about the proper care for their needs, and 24 per cent stating they had no time.
She adds that getting a COVID-19 vaccine would improve Canadians outlook for the future based on the report with 31 per cent, followed by the country reaching herd immunity at 24 per cent.
For the full interview with Allen, catch Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 this afternoon.