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 Lori Whatley, LMFT, PsyD about the best things to do. Dr. Whatley shared some insights that you will find valuable.

When should you speak up and ask a coworker or employee if she needs help? Or should you?

Dr. Whatley starts out with a reminder that depression is an illness, just like cancer. We don’t wait around to help someone who has cancer saying, “oh, she’ll get better on her own.” Of course, approaching a co-worker can be difficult, and many of us would opt to wait, but, she says “Waiting for the coworker to come to you would not be a good idea as it is understood that the earlier depression is addressed the better the treatment results and due to the stigma most people simply will not address this issue with a coworker. Likely, they will suffer in silence.”

To keep reading, click here: What to Say (and Not Say) When an Employee Is Depressed 

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