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Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Medavie Launch Initiative to Address the Mental Health “Echo Pandemic”

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The Ontario Office of Business (OCC) and Medavie are satisfied to report the send off of another examination project pointed toward speeding up wellbeing and financial answers for tackle the flood in psychological well-being difficulties since the beginning of Coronavirus, known as the emotional well-being “reverberation pandemic.” The OCC’s commitment to supporting businesses, the health system, and the economy’s overall resilience is reflected in this initiative.

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The OCC recognizes the urgent need for comprehensive solutions as mental health issues and illnesses increasingly affect individuals and communities. Through this strategy project, the OCC will dive into the financial effects of the psychological well-being emergency, from rising medical care expenses to lost efficiency, truancy, and presenteeism. The objective is to come up with practical insights and recommendations for policy that can help policymakers, businesses, and the health sector deal with Ontario’s mental health issues.

According to Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, “Mental health is a critical component of overall health, with significant implications for individuals, businesses, and the economy.” We want to find effective strategies that support mental health, promote health system resilience, and drive economic prosperity in Ontario by conducting research and collaborating with experts.”

The OCC is pleased to have Medavie, a leading health solutions partner, support this important project, building on our previous efforts to close the mental health action gap. The OCC will lead a series of consultations with members and mental health stakeholders over the next few months to identify specific challenges, initiatives, and policy recommendations to address addictions and mental health issues. A strategy brief will be distributed in Fall 2023 as a feature of our Approach Groundwork Series, with key focus points and proposals for government and industry.

Matthew Crossman, Vice President, Operations, of Medavie Health Services, stated, “We’ve seen the lasting effects the pandemic has had on the mental health of individuals and communities.” We aim to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when and where they need it, as part of our mission to improve the well-being of Canadians. Our primary focus is on raising awareness of supports and services for mental health and addiction, and our other goals include: We are pleased to collaborate with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on this project to support the communities, businesses, and individuals we serve.

Businesses, organizations, and individuals who care about mental health are all welcome to join the OCC in this significant endeavor to construct a resilient future. By meeting up, we can make enduring change and advance a strong strategy climate that focuses on mental health. Contact Sara Beyer, Senior Policy Analyst, at sarabeyer@occ.ca to learn more or get involved.

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