Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week (#MHAWNZ) here in Aotearoa. Mental health impacts every part of our lives, including in the workplace. As we generally spend more than a third of our time awake in work-related activities, mental health awareness in the workplace is particularly important.
So, what are the signs that you or a colleague may be struggling with mental health? There are a number of signs, and these will vary from person to person. These could include:
- Missing a lot of work, being absent from work a lot, or often running late when they were previously on time
- Losing creativity or passion, or struggling to problem-solve
- No longer engaging with workmates
- Losing passion or interest in work
- Talking about leaving
- Being irritable, argumentative, or seeking constant reassurance
- Struggling with coping and feeling easily overwhelmed.
If you think you or a colleague might be struggling with mental health, it’s important to do something about it. Talk to a team leader, EAP (if on offer), or someone you trust. Make a plan, have the conversation. We will be sharing some resources over the course of this week so keep an eye out.
If you want to know more, please get in touch. We are more than happy to chat about your needs and what may be helpful (no obligation).
-Dr Liesje Donkin
Workplace Wellbeing Lead