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Managing Depression in the Workplace – Bridging Research and Practice

Disruption in the Workplace, Disability Management, Human Resources, Leadership, Mental Health
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This webinar presentation will describe workplace strategies to aid in supporting employees with depression in the workplace.

Researchers from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) collaborated with a stakeholder advisory group to create an easy-to-use free resource for workplaces. The project drew on a review of the published research as well as employer and worker experiences gathered through an online survey, interviews, and focus groups, administered across Canada. Data about current workplace practices and experiences, providing current practice evidence, was combined with the research evidence to provide a comprehensive view of the available evidence.

The presentation will cover workplace culture, workplace processes, resources (workplace and non-workplace) as well as actionable steps workplaces can utilize to better support employees who may be experiencing depression.

Learning Outcomes

Scientific and practice evidence about depression in the workplace
Employee, manager, and OHS personnel experiences with depression
Workplace strategies to support employees with depression in the workplace
A practical guide for workplace


Dwayne Van Eerd
Dwayne Van Eerd is an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. He has both an MSc and BSc in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and an MSc in health research methodology from McMaster Universitv. Involved in clinical work from 1990 to 2010, Van Eerd has designed and implemented rehabilitation and ergonomic programs for injured workers. The focus of Van Eerd's research since 1997 has been on the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. He is particularly interested in participatory approaches to hazard reduction in the workplace. Van Eerd also researches and practices integrated knowledge transfer and exchange.

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