Do the math - stigma by the numbers

In the fall of 2019, the MGEU incorporated a number of questions about mental health in a random survey of members. Key findings included:

  • Almost half (45%) of MGEU members say they experience issues at work that they feel harms their mental health;
  • One-quarter do not feel comfortable discussing work-related mental health issues with their co-workers, and 1/3 do not feel comfortable having such conversations with their supervisor.
  • Close to half of all members feel their employer does not do enough to create a work environment where they can raise work-related mental health issues.

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada:

  • Less than half of Canadians who think they have depression or anxiety have gone to see a doctor about it.
  • According to a 2008 survey, only half of Canadians would tell friends or co-workers that they have a family member with a mental illness.
  • 42% of Canadians don’t know if they would socialize with a friend who has a mental illness.