Growing number of young Canadians suffering with mental illness and diabetes, according to Manulife data
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- Canadians (18-34) on long-term disability for mental illness have increased 22% since 2019
- Canadians (18-34) submitting claims for mental health reasons has increased 27% since 2021
- Canadians under the age of 44, made up 19% of workers who submitted diabetes claims in 2022, up from 13% in 2019
"We're seeing concerning trends among young Canadians, particularly in cases of mental illness and diabetes," says
According to Manulife Group Benefits claims data, the number of Canadian employees between ages 18 and 34 going on long-term disability for mental illness has increased by 22% since 2019. Overall, the number of workers in this age group submitting claims for mental health reasons, including therapy, medication, and disability, is up 27% in just the past year.
Manulife's health insights also show more employees under the age of 44 are seeking treatment for diabetes than in the past. Those under the age of 44 made up 19% of workers who submitted claims for diabetes in 2022, up from 13% in 2019.
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"Employers play a significant role in the wellness of their workforces and it's more important than ever they be aware of emerging health trends," says
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"It's time to take the guesswork out of workforce wellness and to deliver employee health solutions—by design," says Desai. "The benefits industry needs to innovate alongside employers, and with other partners in the healthcare space to find new ways to help make workforces healthier."
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