A new survey may motivate employers to consider proactive strategies to address depression in the workplace.

Researchers found nearly one-quarter (23%) of U.S. respondents indicated they have been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime and two in five (nearly 40%) of those patients reported taking time off of work because of depression. Notably, the time off work for depression averaged 10 days a year.

The findings stem from The Impact of Depression at Work Audit, an initiative charged with determining the societal and economic burden of depression in the workplace.

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