Arthritis and depression touch the lives of millions of Canadians. The Arthritis Society and Mood Disorders Society of Canada acknowledge that the majority of these individuals are working age and want to remain productive in the workforce.

In a recent Leger Marketing ‘Fit for Work Survey,’ one third of the people living with arthritis reported having to leave work either permanently or temporarily because of their condition. We believe these challenges are not insurmountable and can be addressed through practical tools.

Work With Us is a workplace-based program that supports Canadians living with depression and/or arthritis by giving them the tools they need to actively self-manage, lead healthier lives and fully engage in work. It has been developed by a network of individuals who understand depression and/or arthritis and have found ways of making it work for them.

The program includes the following key components:

  • One to two hour presentations customized to specific audiences including employees, managers, team leads, supervisors, senior executives, business owners and human resources professionals.
  • Presentations that educate audiences on what depression and/or arthritis are, how they can impact your life and how and they can be managed.
  • Through online and face-to-face sessions create open discussion to encourage participants to ask questions, share their lived experiences and test drive self-management tips and tools.
  • Videos and testimonials with individuals who share personal accounts on how self-management techniques have allowed them to live well and actively engage in work.
  • Downloadable awareness materials, including posters and handouts that dispel myths and stigma as well as provide tips on how to effectively self-manage depression and/or arthritis.
  • An online learning environment where project materials can be accessible to those who want to get involved with hosting a session or engage in self-study.
  • An ongoing discussion on social media about what we can do better to address myths and ensure the needs of Canadians living with depression and/or arthritis are better met in the workplace.