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All of our products are designed to integrate with our services to provide your organization with a quality program that will foster effective and lasting behavior change. These products are also available for those companies that desire to introduce the concepts of preventing depression to the workforce but are not yet ready to conduct an entire program. Because we understand that information alone does not lead to implementation, we have included practical suggestions for applying the skills of mindfulness, optimism, and resilience to day to day life.


The Prevention of Depression: This book provides your employees with a more comprehensive understanding of depression, treatment options and the value of prevention. It is written in an easy to read format that will foster the development of psychologically healthy wellness behaviors. It includes 90 practical tips for developing mindfulness, optimism and resilience that will help your employees apply these skills in everyday life. This is a great option for you if you want your employees to gain a deeper understanding of the key skills for the prevention of depression.


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Cost for The Prevention of Depression: $15.95 per copy. Visit to order your copy today.


Ways to use this book:




  • ·         Take your time to read this book. It may more be helpful to read a tip per day and try to put it into practice that day than to try to read it cover to cover. There are several strategies you might try.

  • ·         You might try to have a “mindfulness month” (or an optimism or a resilience month). During this month, you make the attempt to continue to bring yourself back to the awareness of the principles associated with each of these thinking skills. It provides you with a good way of getting immersed in a new way of approaching your thoughts about your life.

  • ·         Alternately, you might try a mindfulness tip on Monday, optimism on Tuesday, resilience on Wednesday and so on. There are some similarities between each of these skills and all three types of thinking will be integrated into an emotionally healthy and well individual.



  • ·         You can assign the chapters as part of a homework assignment. For example, between sessions you might ask your client to work on exercises drawn from “Mindfulness: On Purpose” to help to provide practical effort to become more purposeful in part of the treatment plan.

  • ·         You can select a particular exercise and use it during a session. This provides an opportunity to do change the dynamic of the session from focus on reporting about the past to working on something in the present moment. This is the kind of skill that a client must develop in order to successfully apply the techniques taught within psychotherapy.


Small Groups

  • ·         Set up a book discussion group. Although the initial chapters are more informational than opinion, starting with the chapter on prevention, it could be quite useful to discuss the ideas presented with a group.

  • ·         A weekly discussion might center on the “on purpose” tips from the mindfulness chapter. What does it mean to live your life “on purpose?”

  • ·         What is the tip you find easiest to incorporate into your life? Why? What is the hardest? Why?


Wellness Coaches

  • ·         Wellness coaches might consider using this book as an outline for working with the emotional wellness needs of clients. The first two chapters provide opportunities to assess and discuss any needs to intervene if depression has become a dangerous part of someone’s life.

  • ·         The tips can be used to discuss opportunities to take specific actions that can improve emotional functioning. While the book is written to address the prevention of depression, anxiety problems are quite likely to co-exist with depression and these skills are helpful to alleviate anxiety as well.

  • ·         This also provides a simple way for coaches to hold clients accountable for taking steps to improve their emotional wellness and to explore alternatives to achieve these goals.



  • ·         Many organizations discover, during the annual Health Risk Assessments that stress and depression are issues that employees need to address. It can be quite difficult to adequately design and implement a program to improve emotional wellness. Many wellness professionals do not have expertise in this area and/or the resources to put together a comprehensive program (like the one our group offers, The Healthy Thinking Initiative).

  • ·         An alternative to a full program would be to purchase a copy of this book for each employee. Your wellness team might then incorporate some of the suggestions above for individual, small group, and coaching to make this book worthwhile to the workforce.


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  Stress Management and Mental Health Clinics, Inc.
2717 North Grandview Boulevard, Suite 303
Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188

The treatment of depression through employee assistance programs or mental health professionals is essential for anyone who is currently diagnosed with a depressive disorder. We support the efforts of these treating professionals. Our program adds value to your organization by addressing skills that will reduce the need for expensive treatment and for the subsequent disruption of the workplace.