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8 in 10 people with Depression experienced discrimination

24 October 2012

8 in 10 people with Depression experienced discrimination

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The latest newsletter from ‘HRreview’ included an article about an international study which found that 8 in 10 people with Depression experienced discrimination in both their private and working lives.

The research, which involved over 1,000 people in 35 countries, was originally published in The Lancet and showed that 79% had experienced discrimination in at least one life domain, with many stating that this discrimination had affected them in the workplace. The same article cited other recently released UK research which found that the economic downturn has led to a deterioration in people’s Mental Health, with men particularly affected. The study concerned 107,000 adults aged 25 - 64 with data taken from the Annual Health Survey for England (1991 – 2010). Reporting that the prevalence of Anxiety and Depression among men rose from 11.3% in 2008 when the economic crisis began, to 16.6% in 2009, the researchers gave a potential explanation for the results that job insecurity during the current recession was responsible for the deterioration in mental health, with men’s psychological health remaining more affected by economic fluctuations. In response to the latest Mental Health research and studies like those mentioned in the article, Validium has introduced a series of specific interventions that support employee Mental Health issues including Stress, Anxiety or Depression which can impact the ability to work or function effectively.  By operating on a Managed Referral basis, these enhanced services can help an organisation to manage absence or performance where support for the employee via the Employee Assistance Programme is not clinically appropriate. Validium is currently working with a number of organisations to enhance employee Mental Health and establish ‘Best Practice’ strategies around Stress Management and Resilience.

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