Understanding and Treating Depression Awareness Education Program
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Understanding and Treating Depression
One of the best ways to help employees is to provide health education so they can self-diagnose serious life threatening problems and illnesses. It's a bonus when this help can also indirectly improve productivity and help protect the bottom line. Depression is this kind of problem. It will wreak havoc on everyone an employee knows along with a loss of productivity.
You don’t have a lot of time to educate employees, so we researched the literature and teased out the most important information employees need to know about depression. We then created this action-oriented and professionally narrated PowerPoint show, along with the other usual WorkExcel.com formats. It does everything needed using 29 slides and 9 1/2 minutes of educational programming and awareness.
This program tells the whole story on depression. It clears up the myths and misconceptions and stirs employees to seek help. It discusses the blues, being depressed, and the differences between these states and major depression. It discusses different kinds of depression too, and why depression is a true disease, and why it can’t just be "snapped out of."
This program offers a ton of information on signs and symptoms, including many that employees have not considered. It also addresses suicide prevention and the problem of depression in older persons, particular white males over 75--the ones with the highest suicide rates from depression.
Like no other program you will find, “Understanding and Treating Depression” tackles the confusing myth that depression causes alcoholism and the big one that people will drink alcoholically because they are depressed. In other words, we explain the nature of biogenic and hereditary addictive disease while seeking to prevent these health conditions from making each other worse.
One in ten employees is seriously affected by major depression, a clinical disease of the brain. As the illness grows worse, it takes an incalculable toll in human suffering and it will affect the bottom line of any business with increased rates of absenteeism, presenteeism, lower productivity, coworker conflicts on the job availability, general conduct problems, and attitude issues. Untreated depression can kill, and it can be and often is a contributor to workplace violence.
“Understanding and Treating Depression” will help employees self-diagnose and motivate them to seek help through the company employee assistance program or another outside helping resource. Helping employees become motivated to treat depression is as critical as helping them learn the hard and soft skills of their jobs. Depression education and awareness saves lives.
Understanding and Treating Depression is authored by license mental health professionals, and you will discover that this program, along with the “Helping to Prevent Suicide” are the two most indispensable training and awareness topics you can give to your workforce. You will never know if either of these programs helped save a life, but you can be assured that it made it possible--at very little cost.
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Comments About Depression in the Workplace and Why You Need this Program
Training and educating employees to examine and pay attention to their mental health may appear as something that has absolutely nothing to do with the employer's primary business purpose. Many managers and leadership staff are vehemently against wandering into these areas of employee wellness. But they adopt this attitude at their own peril.
A a television set manufacturing facility, would a furnace with a leaking gas line, or a truck with worn out brake pads on property risking a catastrophe be any of the employer's business if the mission of the organization is primarily selling televisions? Of course it is their business. But why? Here's why: The furnace and the truck are resources that are possessed by the organization, and maintaining them requires certain attention being given to these resources and their condition to lessen the likelihood of larger more costly problems. To ignore these issues could affect productivity, safety, and risk to the organization's bottom line.
No let's see the same argument applied to workers and employees. They are resources, too. And keeping them fined tuned and dealing with intrapsychic problems in a reasonable manner now makes perfect sense. In fact, unlike a truck or a furnace, employees are an organization's most valuable resource. This makes educating employees about personal problems, helping them self-diagnose, become motivated to get help, and reaching past them to their families with helpful life tips and information is a major and relevant responsibility for the employer that will affect its bottom line.
One common problem that affects employees is depression, which is a brain disease, not an imaginary case of the blues that linger. 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. So I hope you see that it makes to sense to education about depression and help employees self-diagnose.
Depression can be caused by one specific incident or a combination of factors. Grief over the loss of a loved one, a major life change, physical or emotional harm by another person, a physical injury, illness, or even side effects of medication could cause depression. Depression can also be caused by changes in the brain, and in many instances is hereditary. Depression often runs in families.
Symptoms of depression may include sadness, hopelessness, irritability, feelings of guilt, crying spells, sleep and eating
disturbances, a negative self-image, the inability to feel joy, changes in body weight, decrease in energy or sexual
interest, headaches, and thoughts of suicide. Depression may include other symptoms not listed here. Do not blame yourself for symptoms of depression, and do not permit them to grow worse. Instead, seek help.
There are many myths about depression. These include the beliefs that depression is a sign of weakness and that you are hopeless, crazy, or should be able to “just snap out of it.” It is also a myth that depression causes alcoholism or other drug addictions. Addictive diseases are primary illnesses, which means they are not secondary or caused by other medical conditions. It is possible to have both diagnoses at the same time. This is called a “dual-diagnosis.”
Depression may be treated with or without medication, with individual or group counseling, diet, exercise, or other types of interventions including alternative therapies. Regardless of the approach taken, it is important to have depression evaluated by a medical doctor, preferably a psychiatrist. Thoughts of suicide warrant the immediate need for medical help.
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The EAP can screen you for depression or refer you to another resource that can provide a depression screening. The EAP can also help you find medical help for further evaluation and treatment in accordance with your health insurance plan. If you do not have insurance, the EAP can help you locate other resources. Later, the EAP can provide follow-up and support.