Here's what to do if you're suffering from stress or depression at work

Mental health in the workplace is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017, celebrated on 10 October.

To create awareness around mental health, CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to Janine Roos, Director of the Mental Health Information Centre.

According to Roos, employees should not be shy to approach their HR department when they are feeling the pressure and not coping with the workload.

You first have to look if you are not cause of the problem, but I would say if someone is causing a problem take it up with the HR department.

Janine Roos, Director of the Mental Health Information Centre

What we have found is that the HR department is really approachable. You can literally run into their offices and chat away. That's your avenue and you need to take it.

Janine Roos, Director of the Mental Health Information Centre

Roos says companies are trying to play their part in ensuring that their employees are catered for by putting in place Employee Assistance Programs.

I think it's becoming more prominent in business, in that they are beginning to realise they need to put in place these programs because people are struggling with stress at work and in their private lives which eventually spills over into the workplace.

Janine Roos, Director of the Mental Health Information Centre

To hear the rest of the interview, listen below:


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