The #1 cause of lost productivity to the North American economy, is Mental Health Related Issue depression. Depression costs, the economy more loses financially, than other things, such as traffic congestion, employee sick days, accidents & injuries, retaining employees, and more. Depression is collectively costing the nations of Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa and the USA more than US$246 billion a year.
1 in 3 people are affected by a mental health issue in their lifetime (this is not including the effects on the family & loved ones who, support someone with mental health concerns.) Moreover, over 550,000 Canadians experience a mental health issue weekly.
Even with all the campaigns and effects of raising awareness on mental health, there is Stigma Associated With It.
Over 96% of persons calling in sick to their employer, who are experiencing depression will lie about it. Also, instead claim, they have the flu, a migraine headache, or they even claim their child is the one sick, or not feeling well “THIS STIGMA HAS TO END.” Stigma alone, adds to further financial loses, that can, and should be avoided.
The opioid crisis that, is gripping cities and communities, in a death grip, is not only costing lives due to overdose deaths 1200 in the Province of British Columbia, Canada 2017.
OVERDOSE DEATHS WERE MORE THAN 64,000 IN 2016 IN THE UNITED STATES, THAT IS MORE LIVES LOST, THAN THE ENTIRE LIVES LOST DURING THE VIETNAM, AFGHANISTAN & IRAQ WARS COMBINED.
The Opinion Crisis is affecting others mentally too. FIRST RESPONDERS ARE EXPERIENCING THE EFFECTS OF PTSD. 1/3 are now seeking help, because of PTSD symptoms.
As a person, who has experienced and lived life with mental health issues, often say to themselves, “I HAVE CRIED, I HAVE BEEN AFRAID & ALONE, I HAVE BEEN SCARED OF NOT KNOWING, I HAVE WANTED TO GIVE UP & DIE.”
These are the sad truths of mental illness, and so often the perception by friends and family is “nothing wrong with you” because they do not see a physical disability.
We want CareRelay.com to be the tool for those with mental illness to self-manage their lives and get the support and oversite to be healthy and independent with fewer roller-coaster highs and lows.