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Coping with Depression, No. 1 Cause of Disability

Although depression is the No. 1 cause of illness and disability, workers are too often fearful of seeking help from employee-sponsored programs. More education is needed to remove the stigma attached to mental illness, members of the Wellness Practice Group agreed at their recent teleconference.

“We focus on prevention with diseases such as cancer and diabetes,” one person said. “Why are we waiting until people are on the edge with mental illness?”

One client offers “points” for contacting the Employee Assistance Program. “Lunch and Learn” sessions, stressing that EAPs can assist with issues ranging from elder care to legal matters, are helpful in removing the reluctance to contact the program.

“I contacted our EAP when my father was in hospice,” one person said. “I got a box full of useful material and I took it to work so my colleagues could see what was available to us for free.”

Among the resources mentioned are the following:

 

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