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PDF | Vol. 5, No. 3 (2009)

This issue of Visions explores mental illness in the workplace. You'll hear rational arguments as to why employers, managers, unions and employers should care. Stats will show how inaction can impact the bottom line, highlight legal responsibilities and demonstrate how small accommodations to help someone succeed in the workplace are cheaper and easier than hiring and training a new employee. But you'll also hear stories of compassion, the personal experiences of employees and employers, that show helping someone goes beyond the bottom line.


  • Editor's Message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)  

  • The Final Frontier in Workplace Health
    (Margaret Tebbutt)

  • The Economic Impacts: Workplace mental illness and substance abuse
    (Claudia Steinke and Ali Dastmalchian)

  • Substance Use: The monster we work with
    (MaryAnne Arcand)

  • Human Rights and Employer Responsibility to Accommodate Disability in the Workplace
    (Jennifer Lynch)

  • Wired in the Workplace
    (Deena Waisberg) (online only)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • A Little Help From My Friend
    (Jude Morrison)

  • Transitioning from Disability Pension to Full-time work: Scary but liberating

  • Insurance Reassurance: Disability income a must for recovery
    (Ross Taylor)

  • A Triple Threat: Workplace isolation, West Coast grey and the "black dog"
    (Gwen Marsh)

  • The Bottom Line: There is no health without mental health
    (Arto Tienaho)

  • The Mostly Incompetent Employee
    (Frank G. Sterle, Jr.)

  • Return to Work: Ready or not?
    (Karen Six) (online only)

  • Taking Care of That Little Girl
    (Maureen Lavallee) (online only)

Alternative Approaches

  • Employee Assistance Programs
    (Raymond W. Lam)

  • Guarding Minds @ Work: A new guide to psychological safety and health
    (Joti Samra and Merv Gilbert)

  • Drug Testing in the Canadian Workplace
    (Scott Macdonald)

  • Stress in the Workplace
    (June Earle) (online only)

  • Peer Supprt for Medical Professionals
    (Dr. Paul A. Farnan) (online only)

  • Good News About Workplace Mental Health
    (Mary Ann Baynton) (online only)

Regional Programs

  • Healthy Workplaces-Healthy People: Fraser Health's recent focus on mental health
    (Elayne Preston and Rosemary Nemanishen) 

  • Mental Health Awareness for Managers: An integrated approach
    (Jan Mitchell)

  • Quittin' Time: A smoking cessation program for the BC Public Service
    (Maureen Foxgord)

  • Employers Who Are Walking The Walk
    (Donna Panitow)

  • Mental Health Works
    (Mary Ann Baynton and Margaret Tebbutt)

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