Worrying about a workmate’s mental health

A simple model to guide your actions at work.

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Over the last few weeks, one of your workmates has been showing up to work late, looking washed out and tired, and has no energy, just dragging themselves through the day. They disappear every lunchtime, and sit alone in their car. You used to have a laugh with them, but now they are quiet and withdrawn.

Do you…

Step Forwards?

You can try and find a time to sit down and have a chat with your workmate, explaining that you are worried about them. You don’t need to be their counsellor, but if they do open up about their mental health issues, you can listen and let them know you support them. If possible without upsetting them, you might have the conversation about the various types of supports there are available or suggest that they at least talk to their supervisor. They might seem angry and resentful, but you know, that they know, you are just trying to help them.

Step Sideways?

If your workmate seems really touchy and doesn’t want to talk, it might be best to let your supervisor know what you have been noticing. It is within the management’s Duty of Care to take the time to meet with your workmate and have a CLEAR conversation.

Step Back?

Doing nothing means that there is a risk that your workmate gets worse. This doesn’t just impact them alone but will affect the whole workplace

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Supervisor or Manager?Young Employee?