Jan Wong: Workplace Depression, video tapes, a secret psychiatrist and a new book called “Out of the Blue”

The Globe and Mail fires a journalist suffering from depression after Manulife Insurance secretly videotapes her and has a secret psychiatrist declare her not ill.

Jan Wong: Workplace Depression

A much-honoured reporter with The Globe and Mail for more than 20 years, Jan Wong incurred the anger of management, suffered a breakdown and the agony of clinical depression and eventually was fired.

In the midst of her depression, she couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, could barely converse with friends. She eventually pulled out of it, and has written about her experience in a new book called Out of the Blue.

Jan Wong talks with Michael about a little-acknowledged condition: workplace depression.


Was Canada’s “Globe and Mail” “MIA” with Jan Wong?
“…Jan Wong is an award winning newspaper reporter and author, who was, at one time, the Beijing bureau chief for the Globe and Mail and one of the most prominent feature writers Canada has ever produced. … Jan went through a complete nervous breakdown. The Human Resources department at the newspaper cut off her benefits and sick leave after six weeks. (Her union contract stipulates that workers are eligible for six months sick leave). Jan was ordered back to work but felt it was too soon as she was unable to write and had a medical certificate so stating. When she failed to show up in the newsroom as required, she was fired in 2006…The Globe has been a great employer when it comes to handling reporters in war zones and other stressful situations. Jan Wong clearly underwent a clinical depression caused by job-related post-traumatic stress disorder. If she has been in Iraq or Syria or Sierra Leone, the Globe would have had no hesitation about giving her or any war correspondent the necessary support and care. …. It’s not too late for the Globe to acknowledge the nature of workplace depression wherever it occurs. A good starting point would be to ask Ed Greenspon to review Jan’s book. …”
“….This is the kind of country we live in. The Globe and Mail fires a journalist suffering from depression after Manulife Insurance secretly videotapes her and has a secret psychiatrist declare her not ill.
Thankfully in finally settling with Manulife (after the lawsuit needless to say) she arranged to have excerpts from the surveillance videos posted to You tube – though only for six months…”

Published on May 5, 2012 by writerwong
These are excerpts from secret videos commissioned by Manulife Financial that resulted in the Globe and Mail firing me in the middle of a major clinical depression. For more than 20 years, I worked as a staff reporter at the Globe. When I suddenly fell ill with clinical depression, the Globe didn’t believe me. Manulife, the insurer, hired Garda, an international security company, to surreptitiously follow and videotape me. Manulife showed the tapes to its consulting psychiatrist, who ruled I wasn’t depressed. Read more in my new memoir, Out of the Blue.


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