Were you aware that 8-12% of the population experience depression in any one year?
How is your workforce effected? Are there people on your team who have had depression and you are not aware of it?
Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world. Even though so many people are affected, there is a strong social stigma in the workplace, where people believe they need to cope and not address the issue.
Let me tell you a story of a friend of mine who has suffered depression and had to leave work. Her husband suddenly left her to bring up their 4 children. She is Canadian and he is British, and they chose to bring up their children in the UK, away from her family. Her elderly mother is very poorly, and she was feeling stressed about not being near her to help. She could not afford to go and see her in Canada with the 4 children.
Over a few years she struggled, trying to keep on top of things, putting on a brave face. She didn’t realise how much the situation was affecting her mental health. She struggled to get up in the morning to go to work. She also struggled when she was at work, not performing and reaching targets. Her manager did not pick up on the signals. She continuously had time off and ended up leaving as she couldn’t cope with the pressure.
Do you have people like my friend in the workplace? Are you aware of the signals to recognise their concerns? What are their triggers?
Call me to talk about mental health and how it may affect your team. I can work with you to make sure you employ the right people for your team and assist you in providing Mental Health First Aid in the workplace if required.