Fighting depression at work (Guest commentary)

Dealing with mood problems in the workplace
By Dwayne Runke
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/11/2007

While there is much discussion about the impending labour shortage, another unsettling and silent fact is beginning to surface.

The World Health Organization predicts that by 2020 the second most common disability, after heart disease, will be depression. While heart disease is less stigmatizing and easier to confront in the workplace, mental illnesses are usually more difficult to detect and address.

But a new publication by researchers at the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., is designed to help battle workplace depression. And it comes at a critical time.