Employers in best position to fight depression

Support from CEO, management training, employee education among solutions: Report
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/26/2012

In January, the City of Calgary launched a three-year mental health strategy. One aspect of the strategy is to improve depression care — provided by the employee assistance program (EAP) — from short-term to long-term counselling, with a maximum of 20 sessions, said Cindy Munn, the city’s HR business partner for employee wellness.

When the organization launched a six-month pilot program around this in 2011, it expected 10 participants — but ended up with 16.

“When the actual utilization rate is higher than what we originally anticipated, it proves depression is on the rise in the workplace,” said Munn. “It speaks to employees’ willingness to seek help.”