Depression in the workforce

The Washington Post recently reported on a new government study on depression in the workplace.

This article is worth reading, and the report is worth considering. I also find it noteworthy that it is “Personal Care and Service” that is the highest percentage, with “Community and social services” being third.

They obviously don’t have a category for pastors, nor am I aware of any major studies on this topic per se. However, the book Pastors in Transition: Why Clergy Leave Local Church Ministry is a useful study, but it doesn’t really address the question.

When will our church bodies wake up to the fact that clinical depression is real, debilitating, and getting worse every year for pastors? Everyone else seems to know this!

-DMR

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