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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Describe how to manage anxiety and depression in the workplace 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244571  Describe how to manage anxiety and depression in the workplace 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Life Skills 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies People/Human-Centred Development 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular-Fundamental  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
114938  Describe how to manage anxiety and depression in the workplace  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard will lead learners to acquire knowledge and skill to effectively manage anxiety and depression in themselves or others. It could be useful for peer and community counsellors and managers. It should make employers aware of the need for positive management of anxiety and depression to ensure productivity and the creation of a caring environment where anxious and depressed employees are supported and accommodated.

A manager in the context of this Unit Standard is the manager of a small business and first line managers of business units, team leaders and supervisors in medium and large organisations. The term business unit implies a small business, cost centre, section or department.

The Unit Standard was developed as a means of contributing to change in leadership focus and empowering managers to look at people issues.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Describing anxiety and its impact on the workplace.
  • Describing depression and its impact on the workplace.
  • Distinguishing between anxiety and depression.
  • Investigating ways of supporting and accommodating anxiety and depression in the workplace. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication at NQF level 2. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard is:
  • Anxiety and depression excluding manic depressives and psychotic conditions. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe anxiety and its impact on the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of anxiety is explained and an indication is given of why people suffer from anxiety in their daily lives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Indicators of anxiety are identified and an indication is given of the importance of early identification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Possible reasons for workplace anxiety are identified with reference to work related, people related and environmental issues. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The impact of anxiety on the individual is explained with specific reference to personality and coping skills. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The impact of anxiety on the workplace is explained with specific reference to productivity. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe depression and its impact on the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of depression is explained and an indication is given of why some people suffer from depression. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Indicators of depression are identified and an indication is given of why early identification is important. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The impact of depression on the individual is explained with reference to extreme behaviour change. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The impact of depression on the workplace is explained with reference to interpersonal relationships and personal effectiveness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The relationship between self-esteem and depression is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Distinguish between anxiety and depression. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The difference between anxiety and depression is explained with reference to time frames. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The type of support needed by anxious or depressed individuals is compared in terms of counselling, therapy and referral. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The difference between anxiety and depression is explained in terms of productivity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The relationship between anxiety, depression and stress is explained with reference to the consequences if indicators are ignored in a work situation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Investigate ways of supporting and accommodating anxiety and depression in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Factors that contribute to anxiety and depression of employees are investigated for a specific workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The extent of anxiety and depression in a particular organisation or business unit is estimated in order to determine the need for a strategic intervention. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Suggestions are made for the support and accommodation of employees who suffer from anxiety or depression. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of trust and confidentiality in supporting employees in the workplace is explained with reference to the right to confidentiality. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a candidate against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in suggesting ways to support or accommodate employees who suffer from anxiety or depression in a workplace. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and evaluate information in estimating the extent of anxiety and depression in a workplace. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to be cultural sensitive in identifying indicators of anxiety and depression. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 114938, "Describe how to manage anxiety and depression in the workplace ", Level 3, 2 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  67589   National Certificate: Equine Practices  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  49256   Further Education and Training Certificate: Counselling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  58761   Further Education and Training Certificate: Early Childhood Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Abongwe Amangwane NPC 
    2. Enjo Consultants 
    3. Greater Soweto Association for Early Childhood Development 
    4. Motheo Training Institute Trust 
    5. Teachers Learning Centre (Pty) Ltd 
    6. Tshepo Hope Consulting 
    7. Zuzulwazi Development 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.