A plan to make happiness happen

How significant is depression as a global cause of disability? Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide as well as a major contributor to other types of chronic disease and to premature death. The antithesis of depression is happiness. With treatment, a person with severe depression can overcome this chronic disease before it totally erodes any chance for hope, health and happiness. Due to stigma and inadequate access to care, many people with depression never get the help they require. As a society, we can do more to create access to care by using innovations such as Morneau Shepell’s internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy. As well, organizations can improve their total health strategies so employees are awareness of their mental health and what can be done to positively impact it.

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Article by Bill Howatt, chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell.