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April 15, 2008

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Acas issues advice ahead of Depression Awareness Week

The free guidance comes in advance of Depression Awareness Week (21 – 26 April 2008), which this year is focusing on employment.

According to the organisation, research shows that almost three in ten employees will have a mental health problem in any one year. Another recent study found that people suffering from depression took an average of 30 days off for each spell of sickness absence.

Gill Trevelyan, Acas head of training and equality services, says: “Spotting and doing something about troubled employees is an important business skill. As well as being good managers in the traditional sense, we urge bosses to look out for early indicators before they develop into something more serious, like stress or depression. Healthy and content workers translate directly into productive employees.”

What makes us susceptible to burnout?

In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.

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