How to deal with depression at work

A recent study by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) reveals that 1 in 4 South African workers have been diagnosed with depression. The age group most affected is 25 -44 and some 18 days leave are taken for the condition.

Employee Assistance Professionals Association's Radhi Vandayar chats to Phemela Motene saying this is a very real issue for millions in the workplace.

It''s affecting us at a level that is not tangible. Employers are so busy chasing profits and business, that they forget it is the people that make it work.

Radhi Vandayar, Employee Assistance Professionals Association

She says many employees want to make a good impression and so do not speak out about depression.

It's difficult because we all have different coping mechanisms...and react differently to stressful situations.

Radhi Vandayar, Employee Assistance Professionals Association

She says part of the association's goal os to educate the employers. She says employers are introducing wellness programmes in the workplace.

Vandayer encourages employees to contact groups like Sadag for help. It is also possible to go to a local state clinic for assistance, she says.

Take a listen:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Man claims to heal depression using past life 'regression'

Man claims to heal depression using past life 'regression'

Parapsychology expert Nicolas Aujula says our physical and mental health issues can be a hangover from previous lives.

#Rise18 to raise awareness on depression and suicide

#Rise18 to raise awareness on depression and suicide

Zanele Hlatshwayo will be running the Two Oceans in the hopes of raising R180 000 for depression and suicide awareness.

Expert tips on how to raise babies and kids with anxiety

Expert tips on how to raise babies and kids with anxiety

Family coach Stephanie Dawson-Cosser says kids need to be made aware of how anxiety manifests itself, physically and emotionally.

This NGO uses canine therapy to help abused kids brave the courtroom

This NGO uses canine therapy to help abused kids brave the courtroom

Teddy Bear Clinic works with Top Dog to create a therapy programme, which helps children prepare for taking the stand in court.

Could you be a workaholic?

Could you be a workaholic?

Experts say workaholism is a serious process addiction which can destroy the lives of sufferers.

Teen suicide: Why preemptive conversations are important

Teen suicide: Why preemptive conversations are important

Clinical psychologist Zamo Mbele talks about the different categories and causes of suicide among adolescents.

Big on comfort food? Advice on how to quit emotional eating

Big on comfort food? Advice on how to quit emotional eating

Food is the most socially acceptable drug, often used to temporarily subdue anxiety or depression, clinical nutritionist explains.

Popular articles
Sucking titties does not cure cancer, it detects it - Lillian Dube

Sucking titties does not cure cancer, it detects it - Lillian Dube

Actress, Cancer survivor and activist Lillian Dube shares why she decided to be a cancer activist.

Yet another wet and cold weekend for Gauteng warns weather service

Yet another wet and cold weekend for Gauteng warns weather service

Gauteng residents are warned to brace themselves for another weekend of heavy rain, possible hail and damaging winds.

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone Viral'.

10-year-old maths whiz Sbahle Zwane gets a scholarship from Curro school

10-year-old maths whiz Sbahle Zwane gets a scholarship from Curro school

Azania Mosaka catches up with Sbahle Zwane's mother to hear about developments with his schooling.

'It's unacceptable that government officials pay R75 for luxury apartments'

'It's unacceptable that government officials pay R75 for luxury apartments'

IFP national spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa says the party is calling for a review of these rates that are a cost to taxpayers.

Getting drunk improves creative problem solving - Harvard Business School

Getting drunk improves creative problem solving - Harvard Business School

Bruce Whitfield asks branding and advertising expert Andy Rice about a peculiar study that has creatives reaching for the tequila.