Mental health, suicide and addiction issues have become increasingly prevalent in recent years. While many Canadians have been affected, workers in the construction and trades have been disproportionately impacted.
Partly in response to this crisis, in 2021 the Benefits Plan Trustees increased mental health coverage for Active members and encouraged all members to seek support to optimize their mental health.
According to the latest Annual Benefits report - which you can read in the latest copy of 793 Operator magazine - that focus on mental wellbeing is having a positive effect and more members than ever before are seeking the help they and their families need.
Claims paid by the plan in 2022 for mental health practitioners (including psychologists, social workers and psychotherapists) increased by 50% from 2021.