Oct 07, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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Canadians and their co-workers might be depressed and not realize they need help.

Frustrated businessman with head in hands at desk

That according to a report on workplace health from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

The CAMH survey found that nearly four in ten workers in Ontario were experiencing significant symptoms of depression, but five in ten (52.8%) didn’t recognize a need to seek help.

The lead author says that there’s a significant impact on health and work productivity as a result of unrecognized depression.

Dr. Carolyn Dewa says, ”It’s important for employers to know where to start when it comes to tackling productivity loss related to untreated depression.  Our study suggests that helping workers understand when they should be seeking help would significantly boost work productivity.”
CAMH estimates lost productivity due to depression could be reduced by between 33% and 50% depending on how many barriers to treatment are removed.
The findings have been published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.


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