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A Professional’s Guide to Understanding Stress and Depression 

by Dr Claire Hayes

Free to download

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This short guide, which is available here to download free of charge, is intended to help you understand the nature of stress and depression so that you can be more informed and better able to promote mental health and wellbeing in your practice, your workplace and in yourself. Presented in a ‘question and answer’ format, it focuses on two key areas:

1.  the nature of stress and depression and how they can impact on you individually, on your clients and on your colleagues;
2.  the supports that are available for individuals, employers and employees.


Questions asked and answered include:

-  What is stress?
-  What is depression?
-  Does it make sense for a Chartered Accountant to experience stress?
-  What can you do to stop stress from spiralling into depression?
-  How can depression be treated?
-  How can you recognise when you need support?
-  How can you recognise if your clients or colleagues are experiencing stress and/or depression, and what can you do?

In writing this guide, Dr Claire Hayes has drawn on her experience as a clinical psychologist, her work with people in organisations and her experience as Clinical Director of Aware. Claire’s particular interest in cognitive behavioural (CBT) approaches to coping is reflected in this guide; she shares two straight-forward methods for dealing with stress and depression: ‘The Coping Triangle’ and ‘The Coping Sentence’.

How to Read and Download this Guide

Access this guide free of charge online. While the guide is free to download, you may also wish to make a donation to Chartered Accountants Support. Chartered Accountants Ireland is a community of professionals. At times, members of this community will experience setbacks, either personal or professional, which they need additional assistance to overcome. Chartered Accountants SUPPORT aims to provide both practical and emotional assistance to help them take the first steps on to a more positive future. Make a donation to Chartered Accountants Support.

Printed Copies Available

Though, of course, you can download and print the PDF, colour printed copies of A Professional’s Guide to Understanding Stress and Depression are also available at €5 each (profits going to Chartered Accountants Support). These can be ordered by contacting:

Email: publishing@charteredaccountants.ie

Phone: +353 1 637 7204

(Only payments with a credit/debit card accepted. Charges include P&P.)

The Author

claire hayes photoDr Claire Hayes is a consultant clinical psychologist, Clinical Director with Aware, lecturer, author and researcher with over 30 years’ experience. Her particular interest is in helping people to understand their stressors and to learn practical, evidence-based ways of coping using psychoeducational cognitive behavioural approaches. Claire presented ‘Becoming Aware: A Proactive Approach to Good Mental Health for Chartered Accountants’ at the Chartered Accountants Ireland 2013 Annual Conference. She is also author of How to Cope: The Welcoming Approach (Gill & Macmillan, 2015) and her third book, Living in the Age of Anxiety: A Book of Hope will be published by Gill in Spring 2017.



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