Depression in the Workplace
Rates of depression can vary by occupation and industry type. Among full-time workers, the highest rates of workers experiencing a major depressive episode in the past year were found in the personal care and food service-related occupations (>10.3%). Occupations with the lowest rates of depression were engineering, science and installation/maintenance/repair occupations (Source: SAMHSA)
Employers can help reduce the effect of work-related stress as well as depression-related lost productivity and disability by adapting proactive workplace mental health policies. These can include access to mental health through an employee assistance program, support of employees upon return to work with flexible re-entry policies, campaigns to increase depression awareness, and plans to reduce and manage workplace stress.