Recognising the signs of depression or anxiety in the workplace is extremely important right now. Research suggests that 1 in 5 Australians will at some time during the year, suffer from mental illness (Source: Australian Government Health Direct). And we know that the pressure is ramping up on people. With working from home, lock downs and the need to continue to perform whilst home schooling or caring for others.
Therefore, taking care of yourself is essential. In addition, recognising the signs of depression or anxiety in your co-workers is a skill that can make a difference right now.
What are the signs of depression or anxiety in the workplace?
We are not diagnosing. This is not therapy. We are not psychologists. This information is based on evidence and training from Mental Health First Aid Australia. Given this, there are a few signs of depression or anxiety in the workplace that you might keep an eye out for.
If a person is seeking help, most workplaces have employee assistance program (EAP). The person can also consult their GP. In addition, there are a lot of free and confidential resources and services available. Examples include:
Lifeline 24-Hour Counselling and Crisis Support Chat
Kids Help Line
Beyondblue Support Service