"This report endorses the belief that employment has a positive effect on one's overall health," said Dr. Ian Arnold, recently retired Chair of the Workforce Advisory Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. "Positive elements that are attributed to having a full-time job do help to keep illnesses at bay and Canadians optimistic while maintaining a healthy lifestyle."Eighty per cent of Canadians believe their employers should play a role in helping to manage stress. Not surprisingly, almost half (46 per cent) of unemployed Canadians don't have the support they need to manage the stress in their lives. Among those 18-24 year olds who are experiencing excessive stress, 37 per cent don't have the support they need to manage the stress in their lives. For more key findings and results on the 2012 Sun Life Canadian Health Index TM, visit www.sunlife.ca/CanadianHealthIndex. For more information on tips on health, visit Brighterlife.ca. About the survey The Sun Life Canadian Index™ measures the attitudes of Canadians towards healthy lifestyles and reports these in the form of an index. The third Ipsos Reid/Sun Life Canadian Health Index™ is based on findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted between June 29 and July 16, 2012. A sample of 3,113 Canadians from 18 to 80 years of age from the Ipsos Canadian online panel was interviewed online. Ipsos employed weighting to balance demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflected that of the adult population according to the 2011 Census data - and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100 per cent response rate would have an estimated margin of error of ± 2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what the results would have been had the entire population of adults in Canada been polled. The margin of error will be larger within regions and for other sub-groupings of the survey population. About Sun Life Financial Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Chartered in 1865, Sun Life Financial and its partners today have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China and Bermuda. As of June 30, 2012, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $496 billion. For more information please visit www.sunlife.com. Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF. Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars. SOURCE Sun Life Financial Inc.