Depression Is an Issue Employers Have Obligation to Help With, Majority Believe

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Most people believe that companies have an obligation to help employees who suffer from depression, according to a new survey conducted by morefocus, an online research organization. The survey revealed some conflicting attitudes towards depression.

Though in recent years it's become more common to talk about mental health issues such as depression, a stigma still clearly exists

A large majority of people believe companies have an obligation to help their employees get treatment for depression, according to an independent study conducted by morefocus, an online research organization.

In an interesting contradiction, of the 76 percent of those surveyed who said companies should get more involved in helping depressed employees get treatment, 64 percent believe companies do not have the right to screen their employees for symptoms of depression.

"The results reveal an interesting thought pattern when it comes to treatment of depression," said Dr. Regan Carey, morefocus Research Director. "People believe depression is a private matter, yet they say companies should have to help an employee with depression issues. It seems people want the financial benefits of a company paying for help, but don't want their employers to be the ones in control by doing things such as screening."

Almost 70 percent of those surveyed have been told by a professional that they suffer from depression. Of those, a large majority, 77 percent, waited six or more months before seeking treatment for symptoms of depression. Almost 40 percent said the reason they hesitated to seek help was that they were embarrassed.

"Though in recent years it's become more common to talk about mental health issues such as depression, a stigma still clearly exists," said Dr. Carey. "People don't want their employers to know they suffer from depression for fear of that knowledge affecting their job rating, but the desire to hide their suffering goes well beyond the workplace."

Further information and summary results of the survey are available on request from morefocus.

About morefocus group inc.
San Diego- and London-based morefocus group inc., builds and maintains high-traffic networks across multiple verticals. Independently, or together with its domain-owning clients, the Company owns or controls a leading independent healthcare and lifestyle network controlled by a suite of proprietary publishing, ad-serving, analytics and behavioral monitoring applications. The publications and software applications are applied to build engaged traffic, recruit, sample and manage registered consumers, and build marketing ROI for major healthcare and consumer marketing corporations.

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