Depression in the Workplace - Infographic

Statistics on Depression:

  • Depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.; more than 16 million people suffer from it annually.
  • For many people depression is a terminal illness and causes over 44,000 suicides in the U.S. every year.
  • In addition to causing great suffering to individuals and families, depression causes $210B in annual economic loss in the U.S.
  • 30% of entrepreneurs report experiences of depression in their lives.

CREDIT: Anxiety and Depression Association of America and 2-Minute Mind Check.


Why Millennial Leaders Are Depressed And How to Fix That

According to Forbes, Millennials report suffering more than previous generations, and it’s impacting their abilities to lead and succeed in the workplace. Depression is a leading cause of both absenteeism and presenteeism. Absenteeism alone causes 23 billion dollars in lost productivity each year. Beyond finances, what makes the situation so grave is that 45% of mental health cases aren’t treatedRead more in this article by Kimberly Fries which offers strategies that can help to mitigate the impacts of depression on millennial leaders and the businesses and people who rely on them.

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Depression: 7 Powerful Tips to Help You Overcome Bad Moods

There is no health without mental health.  In the past decade, depression rates have escalated, and one in four Americans will suffer from major depression at one time in their lives.   While there is no quick fix or one-size-fits-all for overcoming depression, the following tips can help you manage depression so it does not manage you.  Read this post from Psychology Today.




13 Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

Studies show that making time for exercise provides some serious mental benefits. Get inspired to exercise by reading up on these unexpected ways that working out can benefit mental health, relationships and lead to a healthier and happier life overall.

Take the 2-Minute Mind Check and see where you stand on the depression scale. Then check out our resources on depression, anxiety and stress.

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Photo by Sebastian Voortman from Pexels

Overcoming Obstacles in Early Recovery: Creating a Personal Healing Plan

Depression is a common yet potentially incapacitating mental health disorder that affects over 16 million adults in the United States annually. Because of it, millions of our friends, coworkers, and loved ones suffer in silence — and sometimes even we do too. Despite its prevalence and potential severity, depression is underdiagnosed, undertreated, and underappreciated. Research has repeatedly shown that many who suffer from depression do not seek out the resources required to recover.


Depression is most commonly treated with medication, talk therapy or a combination of the two. There are also alternative approaches. We recommend creating your own custom Personal Healing Plan (PHP).  It’s a way of adding focus and thought throughout your journey to recovery. Here’s how to start a Personal Healing Plan.

To begin, we recommend you start with the following 4 steps:

  1. If you have not already, take the 2 Minute Mind Check to see where you stand on the depression scale.

  2. Read the 15-Step Depression Survival Guide.

  3. Build your team of health professionals, friends, and loved ones to support and advise you in your treatment and recovery.

  4. Find a therapist via the recommendation of your physician, through your employer-provided health insurance plan, or by using (Psychology Today or the AADA.)

Remember that help and support are always available. For those seeking immediate, live assistance, San Francisco’s Mental Health Peer-Run Warm Line can provide emotional support and information on mental health resources. It can be dialed at 1-855-845-7415 from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, 7 days a week.

Explore our Personal Healing Plan resources and take the first step in your recovery today!

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“How Do I Know if I’m Depressed?” Symptoms and Warning Signs

As Carl Jung said, “Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.” Psychological research substantiates this, finding that sadness is one of only six distinct universal emotions. Sadness may trouble us, but it is part of us -- and even in its painful intensity, it is a reminder that we are alive. 

But major depressive disorder is different from the feeling of sadness in a number of ways. Sadness is a normal reaction to distressing, upsetting, and challenging circumstances -- and as these circumstances pass, so does our sadness. Depression is a chronic, consuming disorder that negatively affects our thinking and feeling, regardless of the presence or absence of specific and circumstantial triggers. As Guy Winch, Ph. D, writes at Psychology Today, “When we’re depressed we feel sad about everything... People’s lives on paper might be totally fine—they would even admit this is true—and yet they still feel horrible.”

Those of us who experience depression find these feelings to be chronically troubling and unshakeable. For many of us, we are initially baffled as we lose interest in our relationships, our work, and activities we used to enjoy. We find ourselves unsettled and consumed by negative thoughts, which cause us to question our worth and reduce us to hopelessness. Life, work, and even leisure become chores as we become devoured by our melancholy and we isolate ourselves from our friends and family, withdrawing from the pursuits that gave our lives purpose.

It might not even occur to us until weeks or months into an episode to ask, “Am I depressed?”

If you are depressed, you might experience some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Changes in sleep

  • Changes in appetite

  • Lack of concentration

  • Loss of energy

  • Lack of interest in activities

  • Low self-esteem

  • Hopelessness or guilty thoughts

  • Changes in movement (less activity or agitation)

  • Physical aches and pains

  • Suicidal thoughts

However, symptoms vary from person to person and a diagnosis can only be provided by a health professional.

If you are looking for an objective measurement of where you stand on the depression scale, take the 2-Minute Mind Check, an anonymous questionnaire aimed at assisting those who might be depressed. The survey can be taken here.

The Holiday Blues: For Some, It’s Not “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

The Holiday Blues: For Some, It’s Not “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

by Ivan Hess -- For many San Francisco Bay Area employees, the forthcoming weeks are anything but wonderful. Instead, we suffer through long, last-minute lines in supermarkets and shopping malls, as our holiday fervor reaches a fever-pitch. Our December 13th event is aimed at helping folks for whom the holidays are the worst of times. Hosted by WeWork and organized by the ADAA (American Depression and Anxiety Association), NAMI-SF (National Alliance on Mental Illness-San Francisco), WeWork and Meru Health.  Hosted by WeWork Transbay (San Francisco). Free. Reserve a seat.