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Workplace mental health programmes reduce depression

15 August 2014

BMC Medicine 09.05.14
Universal workplace mental health programmes can reduce levels of depression among the workforce, a review of published studies shows. The review identified nine workplace randomised controlled trials, most of which used CBT techniques. Overall, employees in the intervention groups reported lower levels of depression than those in the control groups. There was more evidence for the effectiveness of the CBT-based interventions than other for programmes using other methods. The researchers say evidence-based workplace interventions should be a key component of campaigns to reduce prevalence of depression in the population.