“It's important that we teach managers how to have these conversations, so that they can be prepared when one of their staff members has a mental health issue.”
We spend a lot of time with the people we work with. This can put us in a good position to observe whether a co-worker appears to be travelling well, or if they don't seem like their usual self.
Our workmates, like us, have many demands inside and outside of the workplace. Challenges at various times in life can overwhelm any of us and impact our wellbeing. They can also affect our ability to perform well at work and other areas of life.
Small gestures can make a big difference at the workplace. Reaching out to say hello to a co-worker, or helping them feel valued and accepted in the workplace helps create a more supportive work environment.
Managers and organisations can be more supportive and inclusive of people with mental health challenges. Many workplaces have been developing initiatives and processes to support employee mental and emotional wellbeing.
Take a look at the resources below to know more about workplace wellbeing. We also have pages on work and connecting with co-workers.
A closer look
Employers are obliged to consider mental health
All employees have a legal right to a safe, healthy workplace
Mental illness is a leading cause of absenteeism in the workplace
Your co-worker might not feel comfortable talking about it
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.