How to deal with depression at work

A recent study by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) reveals that 1 in 4 South African workers have been diagnosed with depression. The age group most affected is 25 -44 and some 18 days leave are taken for the condition.

Employee Assistance Professionals Association's Radhi Vandayar chats to Phemela Motene saying this is a very real issue for millions in the workplace.

It''s affecting us at a level that is not tangible. Employers are so busy chasing profits and business, that they forget it is the people that make it work.

Radhi Vandayar, Employee Assistance Professionals Association

She says many employees want to make a good impression and so do not speak out about depression.

It's difficult because we all have different coping mechanisms...and react differently to stressful situations.

Radhi Vandayar, Employee Assistance Professionals Association

She says part of the association's goal os to educate the employers. She says employers are introducing wellness programmes in the workplace.

Vandayer encourages employees to contact groups like Sadag for help. It is also possible to go to a local state clinic for assistance, she says.

Take a listen:


This article first appeared on 702 : How to deal with depression at work


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Man claims to heal depression using past life 'regression'

Man claims to heal depression using past life 'regression'

Parapsychology expert Nicolas Aujula says our physical and mental health issues can be a hangover from previous lives.

#Rise18 to raise awareness on depression and suicide

#Rise18 to raise awareness on depression and suicide

Zanele Hlatshwayo will be running the Two Oceans in the hopes of raising R180 000 for depression and suicide awareness.

Expert tips on how to raise babies and kids with anxiety

Expert tips on how to raise babies and kids with anxiety

Family coach Stephanie Dawson-Cosser says kids need to be made aware of how anxiety manifests itself, physically and emotionally.

This NGO uses canine therapy to help abused kids brave the courtroom

This NGO uses canine therapy to help abused kids brave the courtroom

Teddy Bear Clinic works with Top Dog to create a therapy programme, which helps children prepare for taking the stand in court.

Could you be a workaholic?

Could you be a workaholic?

Experts say workaholism is a serious process addiction which can destroy the lives of sufferers.

Teen suicide: Why preemptive conversations are important

Teen suicide: Why preemptive conversations are important

Clinical psychologist Zamo Mbele talks about the different categories and causes of suicide among adolescents.

Big on comfort food? Advice on how to quit emotional eating

Big on comfort food? Advice on how to quit emotional eating

Food is the most socially acceptable drug, often used to temporarily subdue anxiety or depression, clinical nutritionist explains.

Popular articles
Research probes citizens views on Cape water crisis

Research probes citizens views on Cape water crisis

The Global Water Leaders Group will present preliminary results of a study evaluating Cape Town's water crisis.

Canada has legalised marijuana, could South Africa follow suit?

Canada has legalised marijuana, could South Africa follow suit?

Independent Journalist Kevin Bloom says its part of a global movement towards the recognition of the plant's properties.

SIU report: Corrupt and fraudulent dealings worth R1.2 billion in Gauteng health

SIU report: Corrupt and fraudulent dealings worth R1.2 billion in Gauteng health

The report reveals that former Gauteng Health MEC Brian Hlongwa and 11 others are involved in the irregular expenditure.

Cape dam levels on the rise, but not all clear yet

Cape dam levels on the rise, but not all clear yet

This week, the overall dam levels are at 40.9% of total storage capacity and there was an increase of 8.8 percentage points.

What was Mabuza's business with Putin? Sikonathi Mantshantsha asks

What was Mabuza's business with Putin? Sikonathi Mantshantsha asks

Sikonathi Mantshantsha echoes Parliament's sentiments in wanting to know what was discussed during David Mabuza's visit to Russia.

Medical Aid Scheme Amendment Bill to boot out medical aid co-payments

Medical Aid Scheme Amendment Bill to boot out medical aid co-payments

Acting Chief Executive and Registrar for medical schemes, Dr Sipho Kabane, explains what the Amendment Bill entails.

First-ever CT shooter gets probation thanks to ShotSpotter gunfire tech

First-ever CT shooter gets probation thanks to ShotSpotter gunfire tech

The City of Cape Town welcomes the first-ever ShotSpotter-linked conviction and sentence, handed down this month.

Damning audio of Tom Moyane instructing Sars official to fake illness emerges

Damning audio of Tom Moyane instructing Sars official to fake illness emerges

The instruction from Moyane to the official was to allegedly avoid speaking to KPMG investigators during 'rogue unit' inquiry.

Woman exposed for calling fellow aircraft passengers the K-word

Woman exposed for calling fellow aircraft passengers the K-word

Reverend Solomuzi Mabuza says he is considering laying charges against the woman for calling him a ka***r.

Celebrity chef Siba Mtongana gets vulnerable, opens up about money

Celebrity chef Siba Mtongana gets vulnerable, opens up about money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Mtongana about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).