While there has been significant progress in raising the awareness of depression, research by Australian organisation beyondblue found that people are still 'gravely misinformed' about depression and how they can go about helping someone.
beyondblue is an organisation that works to address issues with depression, anxiety and other related disorders in Australia, and found there was still a long way to go in educating people on these conditions.
A Depression Monitor survey was done in NSW where results revealed that 62 per cent believed antidepressant medication is addictive, 34 per cent thought people with severe depression should 'pull themselves together and 25 per cent thought it would be helpful to take a person with depression to the pub for a few drinks to help.
The survey results suggested that people are unaware of how to deal with depression and how they can go about helping a friend or colleague.
You may find that some of your employees are slumping in work performance and this may be due to dealing with depression – ensuring your employees are covered by a health insurance plan can aid in getting the help your employees need.
A corporate health plan can ensure that your employees health and medical needs are looked after, so they can get the care and treatment they need.
An employee that is well-looked after and has a healthier wellbeing can help to lift work productivity and job satisfaction.