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Tackling Depression at Work

A Practical Guide for Employees and Managers, 1st Edition

By Kerrie Eyers, Gordon Parker


192 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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If you have depression, do you persevere or do you risk telling your manager? If you are a manager, what can you do to support the employee and ensure the job is done?

Figures suggest that more than ten percent of people in the workforce struggle with depression. Both employees and their managers are looking for the same outcome: recovery and return to best functioning. Tackling Depression at Work explains the key issues that arise and offers proven strategies that employees and managers can use. Topics of discussion include:

  • the importance of education about depression and bipolar disorder
  • how to support an employee without crossing boundaries
  • the destigmatisation of mood disorders
  • the sensitive issues of disclosure and privacy.

With insightful advice from workers who have learned to manage their disorder on the job, this book offers invaluable support for any worker with depression. It is also an essential resource for all line managers, human resource managers and mental health professionals.


"A practical and positive guide for both employees and their employers" Gerry Harvey, Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd

"Depression in the workplace needs to be better understood, spoken about and dealt with. This book offers refreshing insights for everyone involved" Sharan Burrow, former president, ACTU, and General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation

Table of Contents

Introduction: Some rules of the game. Résumé: To whom it May Concern. Sizing Things UP: The Prevalence of Workplace Disability. Reading the Game: Well-pitched Intervention and Support. When Someone is 'Off Their Game': Signals that Indicate a Problem. Early Intervention Scores Goals: Managerial Strategies. Managing Time-out: Mental Illness and its Knock-on Effects. Support: From the Team and from the Sidelines. Individual Fitness: Assisting Recovery from Impairment. Carrying and Injury Into the Game: To Disclose or Not to Disclose. Agreeing on the Goals: Aligning Worker and Workplace Expectations. Improving the Odds: Matching Personal Skills to the Workplace. Work is a Contact Sport: Contracts that Encourage Fair Play. Stories From the Change Room: People tell about Managing their Mood Disorder. Appendix 1: Measure of Workplace Wellbeing and Happiness.

About the Authors

Kerrie Eyers is a psychologist, teacher and editor with many years' experience in mental health, based at the Black Dog Institute, Sydney, Australia.

Gordon Parker is Scientia Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales and Executive Director of the Black Dog Institute, Sydney, Australia. He is a renowned researcher with over 30 years' experience with mood disorders.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
SELF-HELP / Depression