The TELUS Mental Health Index may measure American mental health, but it provides eye-opening insights Canadians should be aware of. Key findings suggest one in three U.S. workers desire greater control over their health to enhance their well-being. Interestingly, only 23% felt they had complete control over their health, but their mental well-being scored a commendable 79.9, well above the national average.

Alarmingly, 12% of workers consider leaving their current role for improved benefits. Their mental health scores plummet to 58.7, showcasing a stark contrast.

Control over personal health correlates directly with mental well-being. The importance of effective treatment and counselling is undeniable, particularly as workers under 40 struggle more with emotional control. Some 26% of workers rely on medication for mental health, often requiring adjustments to find the right fit.

This reinforces the need for a tailored, science-based approach to medication, highlighting the potential for significant gains in productivity and emotional stability.

ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 100 companies and more than 10,000 construction professionals better understand mental health. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out for details.