Ipsos Reid

Ipsos Reid

November 15, 2007 15:34 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY

“Extremely-instructive” results from largest ever study on depression in Canada’s workforce.

Attention: News Editor TORONTO/ON--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2007) - MEDIA ADVISORY

"Extremely-instructive" results from largest ever study on depression in Canada's workforce.

* 16% of managers and 18% of non-managers say they've been diagnosed by a doctor for depression. (Previous studies set this at under 10%).

* 19% of Canadian workers cope with bouts of depression that may require time off work; most of these employees are off for over a week - 20% are off for one month or more.

* Managers say that the total number of employees with depression who report directly to them cost their company, on average, $14,500 a year in reduced productivity on the job and $20,000 being off work altogether. The per employee cost for reduced productivity is $7100 and for absenteeism, it is almost $10,000. (Previous studies estimated the per-employee cost of depression was less than $2,000).

* More and more employees are willing to tell their boss about their depression, and nearly 7 out of 10 managers are willing to accommodate time off.

* While 'workplace stress' is cited as a major factor in causing anxiety, employees feel that depression is brought on more by a single life event, such as a divorce or a death in the family.

Who: Business health and life editors, reporters, columnists, producers and correspondents.

What: News conference to announce the result of a public opinion survey commissioned by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, and conducted by Ipsos Reid in association with the Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health.

When: Monday, November 19th, 2007, 10:00 a.m.

Where: Ipsos Reid, 160 Bloor Street West, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario M4W 1B9

Speakers:

John Wright, Senior Vice President, Ipsos Reid
Bill Wilkerson, President and CEO, Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health
Michael Schwartz, Executive Director, Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace
Dr. Roger McIntyre, Head of Mood Disorder Unit, University Health Network, Roundtable Strategist on Depression in the Workplace

Contact:

For interviews, please contact:

Bob Ramsay: 416-598-3970/ 416-822-3452, or bob@ramsayinc.com
or
Donna Montgomery at the Roundtable, 416-552-5336

/For further information: For interviews, please contact:

Bob Ramsay: 416-598-3970/ 416-822-3452, or bob@ramsayinc.com
or
Donna Montgomery at the Roundtable, 416-552-5336/ IN: HEALTH, SOCIAL

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