Managers looking for help with depressed employees

Improved training, more HR support needed: Survey
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/06/2012

A few years back, radio talk show host Jon McComb realized he was suffering from depression — and probably had been all his life. The situation became critical when he experienced serious anxiety and panic attacks on the air.

“It got to a point where I just couldn’t deal with being on the radio anymore. I was hyperventilating, my palms were sweaty all the time, I was having the classic panic attack where you feel like your heart is going to jump out of your chest and the only solution is to get out of the situation that you’re in — i.e., run out the door, which is also a bit of a career-limiting move.”

McComb finally told his boss at CKNW, a Vancouver-based radio station owned by Corus Entertainment, he couldn’t do his job anymore. And his boss was supportive, telling McComb he should take as long as he needed to recover and HR and the insurance company would help sort out the long-term disability.