High resolution Infographic: Depression in the workplace
Managing Mental Health Matters is a practical resource to help managers respond when mental health may
be a factor
WINNIPEG, Oct. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - More than one in five (22 per cent) of Canadian employees report they are currently suffering depression
(14 per cent diagnosed) while an additional 16 per cent report having
experienced depression previously, according to the latest national
Ipsos Reid survey tracking depression in the workplace. Further, 84 per
cent of managers and supervisors continue to believe it is part of
their job to intervene when an employee is showing signs of depression,
comparable to 2007 findings. Both surveys were commissioned and funded
by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace to
help define and respond to mental health issues in the workplace.
"The really good news is that more managers have received training in
how to intervene. In 2007, only one in five had received any training
on how to intervene with emotionally distressed employees; now one
third do," says Mary Ann Baynton (photo), Program Director for the Centre. "This speaks to increased awareness
and availability of resources."
"We're not there yet, though. Nearly two thirds of managers are still
seeking better training to address this type of situation. They are
asking for more support and flexibility from upper-level management and
Human Resources. Employers may feel they don't have the resources to
respond, and this is where free online training like Managing Mental Health Matters can help," she says.
Managing Mental Health Matters is a practical resource to help managers respond to accommodation,
return to work, conflict or performance issues when mental health may
be a factor.
"Survey results indicate that employers are perceived to be less
accommodating of those experiencing mental health-related issues
compared to those with physical health-related issues," says Mike
Schwartz, Senior Vice-President of Group Benefits for Great-West Life
and Executive Director of the Centre. "The consensus appears to be that
it is easier for workplaces to deal with physical disabilities than
with mental health conditions – perhaps because employers may not be
aware of available resources to help them do so, or because employees
are less likely to self-identify as needing support."
One free resource employers may share with employees as part of a
workplace wellness approach is Working Through It™, a video-based online program intended to reach people who may be
struggling with mental health issues at work. It was developed by the
Canadian Mental Health Association and the Moods Disorder Association
More information about free resources and survey results are available
on the Centre's website at www.workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com.
About the survey
The Ipsos Reid survey on depression in the workplace is the latest
national survey on workplace mental health commissioned and funded by
the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace. It
builds on an earlier 2007 Ipsos Reid survey on depression in the
workplace as well as a 2009 survey on psychological health and safety
in the workplace. New to this year's survey is an assessment of
managers and supervisors in terms of their abilities to manage their
emotions across a number of key areas and domains. Further results are
expected to be released shortly.
A total of 6,624 surveys were completed online, including 4,307 among
non-management employees and 2,317 surveys among managers and
supervisors. Among the largest of their kind in Canada, these surveys
helped define workplace mental health issues facing employers and
employees across major industry sectors in Canada and have led to the
development of free resources.
About the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace
Established in 2007, the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the
Workplace is a leading source of practical ideas, tools and resources
designed to help with the prevention, intervention and management of
workplace mental health issues. Focused specifically on the workplace,
the Centre is working to increase awareness and understanding, and to
help employers take concrete steps to foster a psychologically healthy
and safe workplace and manage employee mental health issues. All of the
Centre's tools and resources are available in English and French to
anyone, anywhere, and at no charge at www.workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com.
Working Through It is a trademark of the Mood Disorders Association of
Ontario and the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, a joint
venture, and is used with permission.
The Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace and design
are registered trademarks of The Great-West Life Assurance Company.
As an Imagine Caring Company, Great-West Life is proud to support the
resources developed through the Centre through its national corporate
citizenship program, Stronger Communities Together™.
Image with caption: "Infographic: Depression in the workplace (CNW Group/Great-West Life Assurance Company)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121004_C4473_PHOTO_EN_18915.jpg
SOURCE: Great-West Life Assurance Company
For further information:
For more information or to reach a spokesperson for the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, Great-West Life or Ipsos Reid, contact:
Marlene Klassen, APR
Assistant Vice-President, Communication Services, Great-West Life