MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNIQUE

[2017-04-10]

     As you are all aware Mental Health absenteeism is on the rise at Canada Post . 33% of Short Term Disability claims (STDP) are related to mental health issues and a staggering 64% of our Long Term (LTD) absences are related to Mental Health issues

Sun Life , the Long Term absence provider has started a pilot project focusing on early intervention by their medical providers aimed at identifying claims centered on mental health and working closely with those members, on a voluntary basis ,  to get them the help required and get them back into the workplace .

At a Disability Management  in December when this was introduced to APOC we asked if there was any thoughts to having a similar program with the STDP cases . As you know we have no input into Long Term absences as they are administered by SunLife and not part of the collective agreement .

On March 01 2017 the DM committee met for a special meeting aimed at exactly this subject and to introduce us to a three prong approach that CPC will be introducing starting in late April or early May .

The first part will be a pilot training session in the GTA centered on prevention . This is to help Team Leads recognize the signs of Mental Health Issues and to educate the members on what programs are available through EAP etc . This will be aimed at helping the members access programs that will lead to them regaining their health more  quickly, thus shortening their time away from work and possibly even preventing an absence all together .

The second part is when a member is off with intervention at the initial stage . Often our members depend on family doctors who are not trained to handle mental health issues and this may prolong or worsen the condition . With the “new approach “ there will be  screening at the first contact with GWL/MS to determine if this is a mental health issue and if so to assist the member, who volunteer ,  in obtaining the correct treatment as soon as possible .

The third part is when a member returns to the workplace . At present there is no training or assistance when a person returns to the work place and CPC is looking at training for the Supt , managers and APOC Representatives  and also having readily available resources for both the returning member and the team leads to ease their return .

At present this is all in the initial stages and there is  recognition by the employer that there are mental health issues in the workplace and that they are starting to address these issues .

 

 

Cameron Clay

2nd National Vice President

MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNIQUE

[2017-04-10]

     As you are all aware Mental Health absenteeism is on the rise at Canada Post . 33% of Short Term Disability claims (STDP) are related to mental health issues and a staggering 64% of our Long Term (LTD) absences are related to Mental Health issues

Sun Life , the Long Term absence provider has started a pilot project focusing on early intervention by their medical providers aimed at identifying claims centered on mental health and working closely with those members, on a voluntary basis ,  to get them the help required and get them back into the workplace .

At a Disability Management  in December when this was introduced to APOC we asked if there was any thoughts to having a similar program with the STDP cases . As you know we have no input into Long Term absences as they are administered by SunLife and not part of the collective agreement .

On March 01 2017 the DM committee met for a special meeting aimed at exactly this subject and to introduce us to a three prong approach that CPC will be introducing starting in late April or early May .

The first part will be a pilot training session in the GTA centered on prevention . This is to help Team Leads recognize the signs of Mental Health Issues and to educate the members on what programs are available through EAP etc . This will be aimed at helping the members access programs that will lead to them regaining their health more  quickly, thus shortening their time away from work and possibly even preventing an absence all together .

The second part is when a member is off with intervention at the initial stage . Often our members depend on family doctors who are not trained to handle mental health issues and this may prolong or worsen the condition . With the “new approach “ there will be  screening at the first contact with GWL/MS to determine if this is a mental health issue and if so to assist the member, who volunteer ,  in obtaining the correct treatment as soon as possible .

The third part is when a member returns to the workplace . At present there is no training or assistance when a person returns to the work place and CPC is looking at training for the Supt , managers and APOC Representatives  and also having readily available resources for both the returning member and the team leads to ease their return .

At present this is all in the initial stages and there is  recognition by the employer that there are mental health issues in the workplace and that they are starting to address these issues .

 

 

Cameron Clay

2nd National Vice President