Mental Illness is costing the economy of Canada over $20 billion annually through lost employment and growing at nearly 2 per cent per year says a recently released Conference Board of Canada study.
Helping those with mental illness return to being productive members of the economy would greatly aid our economy says the report. Much more has to be done for mental health and through employment creation activities, it obviously concludes.
SSCOPE strongly supports the conclusions of the study. We add that our tested and proven approach to creating our own social enterprises and partnerships that gainfully employs those with persistent mental illness within the total economic sphere of the community is an important part of the range of solutions needed.