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

AS@W...Business Case

What is the prevalence of select mental health conditions among the Canadian working population?

Condition Prevalence in the working population
(ages 15-64)
Major Depression
(Mild to Severe)
8%-14% 1 in 10 employees
Bipolar Depression 2.4% 1 in 40 employees
Social Anxiety and Phobias 8% 1 in 12 employees
Panic Disorder 2.1% 1 in 50 employees
Schizophrenia 0.5% 1 in 200 employees
Suicide --- 1 in 25 Canadians during their lifetime

From: Attridge, M. (2008). A Quiet Crisis: The Business Case for Managing Employee Mental Health – Human Solutions Report. Wilson Banwell PROACT Human Solutions. 

What is known about employee stress levels?

What are the most common sources of workplace stress?

What are some direct costs of mental illness in the workplace?

What are some indirect costs of mental illness in the workplace?

References

Attridge, M. (2008). A Quiet Crisis: The Business Case for Managing Employee Mental Health – Human Solutions Report. Wilson Banwell PROACT Human Solutions.

BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. (2006). The Economic Costs of Mental Disorders and Addictions. Accessed from BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information on the World Wide Web at www.heretohelp.bc.ca

Duxbury, L. & Higgins, C. (2001). Work-Life Balance in the New Millennium: Where Are We? Where Do We Need to Go? Work Network: Canadian Policy Research Networks, Inc.

FGI World. (2005). Productivity through health: a FGIworld CEO study on health and productivity in Canadian in industry. Accessed from www.fgiworld.com

Ipsos Reid. (2007). Mental Health in the Workplace. Accessed from Ipsos Reid on the World Wide Web at http://www.ipsos-na.com/news/client/act_dsp_pdf.cfm?name=mr071119-1.pdf&id=3724

Langlieb, A.M. & Kahn, J.P. (2005). How Much Does Quality Mental Health Care Profit Employers? Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 47:1099-1109.

 

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 http://www.carmha.ca/selfcare or from www.bcmhas.ca/research. 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 www.carmha.ca/ordering/

For further information about AS@W and associated resources and materials, please visit www.carmha.ca/selfcare . This information will be updated on a regular basis.