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By the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, one in two have or have had a mental illness. As the conversation about mental health continues to grow, we must not only end the stigma surrounding mental illness but also understand what affects our mental health and look for ways to improve and protect our mental well-being. The impacts of mental stressors are amplified in the communications industry. Those who work in the industry two and a half times more likely to experience mental illness and increased job-related stress.
The higher risk for mental illness can be attributed to the nature of the industry, the lack of acceptance for mental illness, and lack of policy surrounding mental well-being. These challenges continue to impact corporate communications firms and freelance workers alike. This white paper will discuss mental health in the communications industry. This paper talks about the prevalence of mental illness in the workplace and its impacts, how and why the communications industry is impacted, and ways to improve mental health in the industry.