One in five people will be affected by depression sometime during their life – that person could be you, someone you know or someone you work with. A person suffering from depression can feel tired, lethargic and lacking motivation. They may be suffering from poor self esteem, become forgetful, late and be unable to concentrate. These symptoms can propel the depression further when what is needed is intervention and help. Depression accounts for nearly 20% of all sickness absence in the workplace.
Employers can help – by informing employees of the warning signs, symptoms and how to treat depression. Early intervention can get someone back on the road to recovery quickly. It is important to remember that most people who become depressed make a full recovery and do not have a re-lapse. Losing an employee to depression can be a timely and costly waste. Investing in the mental health of your employees has its own returns.
If you’re not sure about the symptoms of depression or are concerned about someone you work with, see whatyoushouldknow.depression-alliance.co.uk for information.