Depression is a real, biological illness. That’s why we treat it with medication – there’s something chemical there to treat. But chemistry isn’t the whole story.
This course introduces workers to the everyday things that they can do to help people with depression. From basic behavioural strategies to understanding the effects of different thoughts and attitudes, participants are encouraged to relate the principles not only to their workplace but also to what they already know about people in general.
The course begins with the common sense understanding that most people already have and builds upon it, step by step until participants not only know what to do but also why and how to do it.
The course covers:
What is depression?
Biological illness versus ‘a bit sad’
The chemistry of depression – and how to help the medication work
Symptoms of depression
Earned depression – how people grow and maintain their own depression
The thoughts that we think
Positive action – the behavioural response
What to say and do
Getting the environment right
Depression and suicide – the major indicators
When (and how) to get help
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