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

AS@W...for Teachers

What is the prevalence of depression in the education sector?

What are some factors in the workplace that contribute to increased stress and incidence of low mood and depression among teachers?

What are some possible consequences due to stress that teachers may experience?

What are some factors that are essential for a manageable workload?

What are some actions that can be used to improve the workplace environment for teachers?

What are some actions to improve work organization and workload for teachers?

What are some actions that can be taken to put policies and support in place to reduce stress and depression?


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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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