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More than 20% of Canadian employees are depressed

Manager intervention improving but more support needed: survey.


October 9, 2012
by PLANT STAFF

WINNIPEG — More than one in five Canadian employees is depressed, according to a national survey by Great-West Life.

The Ipsos Reid survey commissioned by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace says 22% of employees report they are suffering from depression, 14% are diagnosed and 16% have experienced depression in the past

Managers and supervisors were also surveyed and 84% of them continue to believe it is part of their job to intervene when an employee is showing signs of depression. This is comparable to findings from a 2007 survey.

In 2007, only one in five had received any training on how to intervene with emotionally distressed employees; now one third do, says Mary Ann Baynton, program director for the Centre. “This speaks to increased awareness and availability of resources.”

However, nearly two thirds of managers are still seeking better training to address this type of situation. She said they are asking for more support and flexibility from upper-level management and human resources.

The survey results include responses from 4,307 non-management employees and 2,317 managers and supervisors.

Click here for survey results and information about free resources.