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

AS@W...Facts about Depression

What is depression?

What are the symptoms of depression?

What is the prevalence of depression in Canada?

What causes depression?

Depression is the result of complex interactions between life situations, thoughts, emotions, physiology, and actions. Each of these areas of one’s life can play a role in the development of depression, and depression itself can have an impact on all of them.

Who is affected by depression?

What is the cost of depression?


What are effective treatments for depression?

What is the association between depression and other chronic diseases?

    • Stroke and heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Obesity
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Epilepsy
    • Arthritis
    • Cancer
    • AIDS
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
    • Dementia
    • Alzheimer’s disease


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Health Canada. (2002). A report on mental illnesses in Canada. Ottawa, Canada.

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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