Mental Heath & Depression Recovery Speeches & Presentations

Starting the Dialogue: Depression in the Workplace


It’s time for an open dialogue about depression and mental illness in the workplace.   An estimated 1 in 5 Americans 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. The number one cause of adult disability worldwide is psychiatric disease. Depression is a major business issue. The decrease in productivity, increased errors, absenteeism, short term and long term disability cause staggering financial losses to corporate America.

Depression (and mental illness) is a secret that no one wants to talk about for fear of being labeled, judged, marginalized and negatively impacted at work.

American businesses are not addressing the increasing and pervasive problem of depression and mental illness.

Carol Kivler starts the dialogue about depression in the workplace. She brings a unique perspective to mental illness. As an international corporate trainer and international executive coach with an MS in Human Resource Education, as well as a consumer, who has lived with clinical depression for over 20 years, Carol understands both sides of the equation. She equips employers with strategies to create an atmosphere that respects and responds to a workforce directly or indirectly affected by depression and mental illness. Further, she addresses the stigma that prevents employees from admitting they are suffering from depression or other mental illness.


To provide leaders with the direction to dispel myths and break the stigma surrounding depression and mental illness. To encourage those with depression to embrace treatments that can return them to a highly-productive work life and professional well-being.

Presentation Highlights Include Identifying

  • The signs and symptoms of depression in the workplace.
  • Stressors within the work environment contributing to depressive symptoms.
  • The difference employers can make in altering the impact of depression.
  • Strategies to address employee depression.
  • The need for employee self-awareness programs as part of a company-wide strategy.
  • Partners to provide workforce awareness and education.