Depression: an obstacle to learning LO11358

Arthur Battram (
Wed, 11 Dec 1996 11:46:46 +0000

Replying to LO11324 --

Robert, I found that I agreed with what you said about the 'emergence' of
depression, and it spurred me to do something I've been meaning to do for
ages: ask the list for help on a piece of work.

[I've actually got 2 requests, plus a collaborative proposal which I'll
describe in separate posts]

My organisation is about to do a major[ish] piece of work on 'stress in
local authorities'.. My crude view is that stress is a result of bad
management more than it is caused by external factors [like the usual
'pace of change', 'realities of the marketplace', blah blah] but I'm open
to more complex viewpoints if anyone wants to offer them. I'm just
concerned that we don't end up giving people aspirin when maybe we should
stop other people hitting them on the head.

so the questions are these:

Re: 'stress in local authorities'...
What resources are there to support this research/action project?
Any relevant experiences out there to share?
Where should we start?
What should we avoid doing?

I look forward to your suggestions, including suggestions for better

Many thanks

Best wishes

Arthur Battram


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