Managing Depression

Introduction

Depression is a common and serious mental health condition that can have a significant impact on an individual’s daily functioning and well-being. It is important for employees to have the skills and knowledge to manage their own depression, as well as to be able to support their colleagues who may be experiencing depression. 

This session provides evidence-based practices and treatment options for managing depression, as well as a toolkit for managing depression in both personal and professional settings. 

Topics to be covered

  • Understanding depression: signs and symptoms, causes, and prevalence 
  • Evidence-based approaches for managing depression: cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulnessbased therapy, and others 
  • Strategies for managing depression in daily life: self-care, setting goals, and managing stress 
  • Supporting a colleague who may be experiencing depression: how to have a supportive conversation and refer them to appropriate resources 
  • Toolkit for managing depression in personal and professional settings: resources and strategies for maintaining mental health and well-being

Practical Exercises

included in 90-min, 3hr and 7hr sessions.

  1. Participants will practice identifying and challenging negative thoughts and beliefs using cognitivebehavioral techniques 
  2. Participants will engage in a mindfulness exercise to cultivate awareness and acceptance of thoughts and feelings 
  3. Participants will develop a self-care plan to incorporate into their daily routine