Depression Among Employees Often Unrecognized, Untreated

Workers experiencing symptoms of depression often fail to recognize that they could benefit from help, according to new research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

The study focused on barriers to mental health care and the impact unaddressed depression has on productivity. It included 2,219 adults living in Ontario, Canada, between the years of 18 and 65.

Upwards of 40 percent were experiencing significant depressive symptoms; more than half did not recognize that they needed to seek help.

The researchers estimated that by enhancing efforts for mental health outreach in the workplace, they could reduce productivity loss by as much as 33 percent.

The study was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine