22 Jan 2015 12:08pm
SAPA PR--NEW RESEARCH ON DEPRESSION IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WORKPLACE ISSUED BY: ANXIETY ATTENTION: NEWS EDITORS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEW RESEARCH ON DEPRESSION IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WORKPLACE Findings just released from a research study, into the impact of depression on the South African workforce show that at least 1 in 4 employees have been diagnosed with depression, and that during their last depressive episode, employees took 18 days off work due to the condition. Depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders and can be costly, having a significant impact on the individual and society. Although clinicians are generally aware of the wide-reaching effects of the symptoms of depression, such as sleep disturbance, anhedonia and suicidal ideation, the influence of this illness on numerous aspects of life is becoming increasingly recognised. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), with the support of Lundbeck, undertook research into depression in the work domain because of the many work-related challenges people with depression encounter. "Our counsellors are often asked I've been diagnosed with depression, should I tell my boss?; I am so low I can't even get out of bed, but I have no more leave days, what should I do?; People at work make funny comments about my depression, how can I make them understand how bad it feels?," says SADAG Director, Cassey Chambers. "We spend the bulk of our weekdays at work - the effects of any illness are bound to extend into this area of our lives. This is especially true for depression, with the associated low motivation levels, overbearing sadness, loss of concentration and forgetfulness." SADAG will be hosting a Breakfast Meeting on the 4th February 2015 in Sandton inviting Human Resource Directors, Employee Wellness Managers, and various Press and Media to discuss the impact of the research results. Guest experts, Prof Tienie Stander and Psychiatrist Dr Frans Korb, will be discussing the results and the impact of depression in the workplace sharing the new statistics, giving practical information and possible solutions and interventions. If relevant stakeholders would like to attend the launch, please call Naazia or Meryl on 011 234 4870 or email Ends /LN