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World Mental Health Day 2018

by Sean Hougan

This year’s World Mental Health Day brings attention to young people and the growing importance of building mental resilience from a young age. According to the World Health Organization, half of all mental illness begins at age 14 where it often goes undetected and untreated. As a result, suicide has become the second leading cause of death for those ages 15 to 29.

Addressing youth mental health requires both a top-down and bottom-up approach with investment in evidence-based programs from governments, schools, workplaces, communities, and the home. The World Health Organization cites that, “This investment should be linked to programs that raise awareness among adolescents and young adults of ways to look after their mental health and to help peers, parents, and teachers know how to support their friends, children, and students.”

Recognizing Organizations Who Prioritize Mental Health

In recognition of World Mental Health Day, the team at Starling Minds would like to acknowledge our customers who are investing in the mental health of their people. The Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that workplace stress is the primary cause of mental health concerns for adults.

By providing adults with evidence-based education to strengthen their own mental resilience, employers are effectively impacting parents’ ability to pass these skills down to their children. Adults who are mentally healthy also create stable and supportive homes that positively impact youth mental health. We would also like to acknowledge all other organizations out there who are taking strides to improve mental health in the workplace.

Organizations who offer Starling’s evidence-based online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) programs:

  • Association of Principals and Vice-Principals of Franco-Ontarian Schools (ADFO)
  • British Columbia Teachers’ Federation
  • Catholic District School Board Eastern Ontario
  • Catholic Principals’ Council | Ontario
  • Government of Nunavut and the Nunavut Teachers’ Association
  • Government of the Northwest Territories and the NWT Teachers’ Association
  • Justice Institute of British Columbia
  • Ontario Principals’ Council
  • Pacific Blue Cross
  • QPAT-APEC
  • WorkSafeBC

Starling Improves Employee Mental Health

Starling’s impact has not gone unnoticed. Free to use for employees and their families, the net effect has been largely positive for those who use the program and the organizations they work for. After analyzing anonymized data from over 6,000 participants, we’ve found that consistent use of the program builds more resilient minds. On average, 77% of people will improve in at least one symptom score of anxiety, worry, and sadness.

It takes forward-thinking and socially-conscious organizations to invest in the mental health of their people. The impact of improving parent mental health ripples into homes and positively impacts youth mental health. A heartfelt kudos to those who are taking responsibility and leading the way.

If you are a leader who recognizes that employee productivity, engagement, and retention starts with good mental health, we’d love to connect! Starling Minds’ provides science-based mental health solutions for every employee, at a price point accessible to any enterprise. Our solutions are 100% digital and can be accessed anytime, anywhere.

About the Author

Sean Hougan

Sean is a passionate Digital Marketing Strategist who is even more passionate about mental health. She envisions a world wherein communities and societies work together to ensure that everyone has what they need for mental, emotional and physiological wellness.

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