Key signs of mental health issues in workplace

Friday 11 December, 2015 | By: Default Admin | Tags: mental health, mental illness, R U OK, Artius

Mental illness can affect anyone at any time and it is highly likely you, as a small business owner, employer or manager will supervise or work with someone who is going through a time where the mental health is suffering.

Nicola Waller, Health Services Program Manager with CCIQ partner Artius, said  20 per cent of Australian workers are likely to experience a period of mental illness.

“During our working years we spend around 40 per cent of our time at work,” she said.

“We develop close relationships and are often the first to notice that something is not quite right with a workmate or an employee.

“While it’s not your role to diagnose or treat them, you can play a vital role in recognising the symptoms and helping your workmate to get the support they need.”

Ms Waller said there were nine signs that someone you work with may be suffering symptoms of mental ill health.

1.            Turning up late to work

2.            Struggling to meet reasonable deadlines

3.            Withdrawing from colleagues

4.            Having difficulty concentrating or managing workload

5.            Appearing restless, tense or on edge

6.            Being unusually tearful or emotional

7.            Getting easily frustrated with tasks or people

8.            Calling in sick more frequently

9.            Increasing self-critical and pessimistic thoughts

“The changes in someone’s behaviour can be subtle,” Ms Waller said.

“You may not feel it is your place to intervene or that mental health is a private issue, but having a conversation with them and checking if they’re OK can be the first step in getting them the support they need.”


About Artius

The Artius mission is to help people, businesses and communities to reach their potential.

We do this through managing and delivering health programs, employment programs and vocational training programs.

Artius provide businesses programs to improve the mental health of their organisation and workers.

We attend your place of business to perform a free corporate health check to put in place a plan to improve worker wellness.

Click here to book your FREE corporate health check today or to discuss the implementation of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

“It doesn’t matter where you join us on your life journey, we will help you reach your potential,” Ms Waller said.




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