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Young Canadian workers feel isolated and lonely, TELUS Health finds

TELUS Health has unveiled its latest Mental Health Index today, shedding light on the well-being of employed individuals across several countries, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia.

According to the report, there's a concerning trend among young Canadian workers below the age of 40, who increasingly report feelings of isolation and loneliness compared to their older counterparts.

A staggering 45 percent of respondents express a lack of relationships with trusted individuals in their workplace. This sentiment is particularly pronounced among younger employees, who indicate a higher likelihood of not having such trusted relationships.

The absence of these trusted connections is identified as a significant contributor to feelings of loneliness, which in turn can have detrimental effects on both mental and physical health.

TELUS Health's Mental Health Index further highlights that in Canada, 33 percent of workers face a high risk to their mental health, while 45 percent are at moderate risk, and 22 percent have a low risk.

In addition to these findings, the report reveals that more than one in seven participants perceive their company's approach to mental health as negative, indicating a pervasive issue surrounding workplace culture and mental well-being.

These insights underscore the pressing need for organizations to prioritize mental health support, particularly for younger employees who seem to be disproportionately affected by feelings of isolation and inadequate support systems within their workplaces.

With mental health playing an increasingly crucial role in overall well-being, employers are urged to take proactive measures to foster a supportive environment where individuals feel valued, connected, and empowered to seek help when needed.

By addressing these challenges head-on and implementing strategies to promote a positive mental health culture, employers can not only improve the well-being of their workforce but also enhance productivity, retention, and overall organizational success.