New campaign against depression at work
Wednesday 02 May 2012
The European Depression Association (EDA) wants to see the EU institutions make the fight against depression at work a political priority. As part of a Union-wide campaign, launched on Labour Day, 1 May, it published an open letter calling on MEPs and policy makers to prioritise depression in all policies impacting workers, in particular in the forthcoming EU strategy on health and safety at work (2013-2020). «With 20 million Europeans of working age suffering from depression, a major economic crisis to overcome and a demographic challenge ahead, fighting depression at work is more important than ever. Today we are calling on EU policy makers to show their support and commitment to come up with an immediate, comprehensive and integrated solution at an EU level to this modern-day scourge,» commented EDA President Doctor Vincenzo Costigliola. The association is planning to pursue its action by organising a round table with MEPs, the European Commission and civil society partners and by raising awareness through European Depression Day, on 1 October.