Guide intended to help workers deal – or help others deal – with depression
IWH states that the guide is applicable “to the entire workplace regardless of sector or role” – including individuals with depression, managers, co-workers, human resources staff, union representatives and worker representatives.
Incorporating research evidence, clinician expertise and stakeholder experiences, the guide is divided into three sections: workplace culture, workplace processes, and workplace and non-workplace resources.
Work-related stress can trigger or heighten depression, the guide states. Exposure to death, violence or trauma in the workplace also can be a factor. Tips include:
- Evaluate your organization’s existing mental health awareness programs and their effectiveness.
- Check whether workers who may not be acting like themselves are in need of support.
- Communicate genuinely with individuals with depression, practicing active and reflective listening, empathy and support. Don’t feel compelled to use “depression” or “mental health” in conversation; simply showing you care is a positive start.
- Consider implementing empathy training workshops or consult your Employee Assistance Program for guidance.
- Remain open to adapting return-to-work plans for individuals with depression as each case dictates.