AS@W Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace


What is an accommodation?

Why is accommodation important?

What is the evidence base for accommodation in the workplace?

What kinds of tasks or situations may particularly challenging depressed individuals?

What accommodations are available to reduce or remove these limitations due to depression?


Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation. (2007). When Something’s Wrong: Strategies for the Workplace.

Lesage, A., Dewa, C.S. & Savoie, J-Y, Quirion, R. & Frank, J. (2004). Mental health and the workplace: Towards a research agenda in Canada. Healthcare Papers, 5 (2), 4-10.

Schartz, H.A., Hendricks, D.J., & Blanck, P. (2006). Workplace accommodations: evidence based outcomes. Work, 27, 345-54.

Thomas, J.C. & Hersen, M. (2004). Psychopathology in the Workplace: Recognition and Adaptation.  Brunner Routledge: New York.


About AS@W

How was Antidepressant Skills at Work developed?

The guide was developed by British Columbia Mental Health and Addiction Services (BCMHAS), an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. The guide and accompanying materials have been authored by Dr. Dan Bilsker, Dr. Merv Gilbert, and Dr. Joti Samra – registered psychologists and scientist-practitioners with expertise in issues relating to workplace mental health. These psychologists are with the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA), Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University. The guide was written on the basis of a review of the scientific literature; consultation with employers, unions, mental health providers and employee groups; and adaptation of existing self-care depression programs.

How can the manual be accessed?

The manual is available for viewing and free download at or from Individuals or organizations are free to print and make multiple copies of the guide, with permission from CARMHA. Print copies and audio CDs are available at a low cost from our ordering page at

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