Mental Health in the Workplace

WHEREAS, mental health issues can have a huge effect on every aspect of a person’s life, including the workplace; and

WHEREAS, even in some workplaces with mental health support, there is still a stigma associated with opening up about mental health issues; and

WHEREAS, the cost of mental illness in Canada each year is $51 billion and $2.5 trillion in the United States, including absenteeism, medication and healthcare; and

WHEREAS, one in five North Americans will experience a mental health issue in their lives; and

WHEREAS, now is the time to speak up, make noise and affect positive changes to bring support for mental health in all workplaces; and

WHEREAS, in September 2015, Teamsters Canada launched an online campaign called “Make it Mandatory” to raise awareness around mental health, which asks governments, political leaders and employers to stop the stigma around mental health issues and to make mental health support mandatory in every workplace, creating a healthier and safer workforce.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED at this 29th International Convention that we recognize the stigma associated with mental health and personally commit to affect positive change; and

FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters will take the opportunity of this Convention to strengthen the unity and solidarity within our ranks and with all those who are committed  to improve safety at work and a quality of life for all, to pursue the “Make it Mandatory” campaign to make support for mental health in the workplace mandatory.