First 100 Words
Depression is a common mental illness that affects nearly 10 percent of the people in the United States. It is a treatable, medical condition — not a personal weakness. Everybody at one point or another experiences sadness or the “blues” as a reaction to loss, grief, or an emotionally upsetting incident. Someone might say they are “depressed,” but major depression is a serious medical condition requiring professional diagnosis and treatment. Depression left untreated can lead to other health care and life problems, and if severe enough, even suicide. Depression can be caused by one specific incident or a combination of factors . . . .
When To Use
Helps employees understand depression;its causes, signs and symptoms; myths;and treatment options; and reducing stigma.
How to Use
Depression screenings, EAP direct service, workshops, waiting room.