Spotting Depression in your Colleagues
Roughly 20% of working adults experience a treatable mental health issue each year. Since you spend upwards of 40 a week in the company of your colleagues, you may be the first to notice when a coworker is struggling. If you become concerned, here are useful things to keep in mind.
Have you noticed a colleague that:
- Seems down, overly tired, agitated or sad?
- No longer participates in office camaraderie
- Misses regular meet-ups during breaks, lunch time, or after work?
- Calls in sick and/or consistently looks unkempt at work?
Some ways to help
- Check in…ask how things are going, offer support and listen to his/her concerns.
- Remind him/her of your company’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by KGA.
- Immediately tell your supervisor or HR representative about any comments your colleague makes that you find alarming.
If you are concerned about a coworker, but aren’t sure what to say, call your EAP. Counselors are available 24/7 to provide advice and support on how best to approach your colleague. KGA also offers free and anonymous online mental health screenings.