Depression: struggling to cope

One in three people struggle to cope at work.

An omnibus survey of 1,200 people across the UK has shown that a third of people struggle to cope at work because of depression, stress or burn out, with 83% of those affected experiencing isolation or loneliness as a result. Only half of those feeling lonely or isolated had confided in a colleague, yet nearly three quarters (71%) found that discussing their condition with a colleague helped them feel better.

This week is Depression Awareness Week. Organised by the Depression Alliance, this year’s themes are ‘friends in need’ and ‘depression at work’, with a number of events happening throughout the week to help raise awareness and understanding of depression.

With this in mind, we would like to remind you of the 24/7 confidential care helpline available to you on 0800 085 1376 (provided by our CiC employee assistance programme). Online support is also accessible through the ‘well-online’ resource, where Understanding depression information can be downloaded (log-in details below). In addition, the CiC offer a number of courses bespoke to your needs around mental health in the workplace, resilience, and health and wellbeing.

The CiC is an independent, free and completely confidential advice service, offering assistance for whatever life throws at you. From management challenges at work to relationship difficulties at home, from legal problems to family dilemmas, they are only a phone-call away.

Nationally, more than £400million has been invested in improving access to treatment for conditions like depression and anxiety, which support people to stay in work. Around £16million has also been invested in the Time to Change programme to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

Call the advice line on 0800 085 1376. It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

To access help online, please visit and use the log in:

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