How the pandemic is igniting mental health


(NC) The pandemic has brought with it, among other things, added stress. Whether it’s the blurring of boundaries between work and home, being a parent to young kids or trying to keep your small business alive, most of us have faced incredible stressors lately.

The negative impact of the last year and a half is undeniable, but it’s also sparked a much-needed conversation: how do we deal with the mental health fallout?

A study done on behalf of the Mental Health Commission of Canada estimates that by 2041, the cumulative cost of mental illness in the country will be $2.5 trillion. This means educating ourselves on the mental health and overall well-being of everyone is a priority that benefits us all.

One way governments and organizations are trying ease this burden is by making health and wellness supports more easily accessible. For example, BMO is extending the benefits offered to its team members through LifeWorks to small business owners and entrepreneurs, providing mental, physical, social and financial health resources.

If you’re one of the bank’s business clients, you can access videos, 24/7 confidential counselling, and more for free until December 31, 2021. Find more information at bmo.com/lifeworks.


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