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.
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