World Mental Health Day

by Evil HR Lady on October 10, 2018

Today, October 10, is World Mental Health Day. Mental health is so important and yet we often treat it as a minor aspect of our lives. While there are numerous mental health conditions, I’m focusing on depression today, as it’s extremely common. There’s a good chance that someone in your office is struggling right now.

I’m sharing three articles about depression to help you, whether you’re the person suffering or the manager of someone who is suffering.

What to Say (and Not Say) When an Employee Is Depressed

Depression isn’t limited to a few. Over 300 million people, globally, suffer from it. This means it’s quite likely that you know someone who is currently in its grasp, and it isn’t pleasant. Left untreated, depression can literally be deadly. You don’t want to let anyone suffer without help.

But, what can you do in an office setting? What should you do?  I spoke with psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist, Lori Whatley,  about the best things to do. Whatley shared some insights that you will find valuable.

How You Should Manage Depression in the Workplace

While holiday cheer is a great thing for many of us, some of us suffer from depression, and the holidays can be an additional stressor. “High expectations, money woes, and other holiday hazards can spell trouble for anyone, but especially those prone to depression,” according to Health.com. So, what should you do in the office? What warning signs should you look for in your employees?

I turned to Licensed Professional Counselor, Stephanie Meldrum, to help guide managers through what can be a difficult situation. She immediately set me straight: “We wouldn’t write an article helping managers look for signs of other illnesses that employees were trying to keep private. But somehow we treat depression differently, when in reality, many illnesses can impact an employee’s work performance.”

How to Work When You’re Depressed

If you’re depressed, you still have to go to work and earn money. It’s how it is. Plus, you need that health insurance more than ever! Some of the best tips I’ve ever read on functioning with depression come from Jennifer P, also known as, Captain Awkward in her 2013 article, “How to Tighten Your Game When You’re Depressed.” I strongly recommend reading the whole thing, but here are some of her ideas:

And remember, if you are feeling depressed and just can’t shake it, see your doctor or therapist, or call your EAP for help. We wouldn’t expect you to fight cancer on your own, and we shouldn’t expect you to fight depression on your own either.

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Elizabeth West October 10, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Thank you, Suzanne!

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Mr Fretful October 10, 2018 at 9:48 pm

I’m depressed thinking I could be laid off with minimal notice.

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