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

AS@W...for Unions

Why should union representatives be concerned with workplace mental health?


What are the most common sources of workplace stress?


What is the role of unions in workplace mental health?


What are some strategies that union representatives can use to help support workplace mental health issues?


What are some strategies that employers in unionized workplaces can use to help support workplace mental health issues?


Who would find AS@W of value?


How can union representatives use AS@W?



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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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