Are you concerned about a colleague, someone in your family or a member of staff? We can help. It may be difficult to talk to someone you are concerned about and you may feel anxious about starting a conversation with them, but just taking a few minutes to talk could make a real difference to that person
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HOW TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTHTalking about mental health at work can be difficult. Some may find it helps to be open, and feel relieved that things are not hidden any more, but they may also experience negative reactions. It’s important for people to remember they’re not alone, and that many people in work have mental health problems. It’s the individual’s choice to talk about their mental health with colleagues or employers, there are no set rules, but talking may help to get the practical support needed to stay healthy at work.
It is also not necessary to be an expert in mental health to talk to a colleague who may be experiencing an issue. People may feel anxious about starting the conversation, but it’s important to remember that talking could make all the difference to a colleague’s mental health.
The conversation could be started with a simple ‘How are you?’ Offering to make the person a cup of tea, inviting them somewhere private for a chat, or suggesting popping out to a nearby café or for a walk, can all get people talking. Setting aside enough time to talk and switching the phone off are also good things to do in this situation.
There are some useful tips on how to start that conversation from Mental Health First Aid Ireland (MHFA).
The tips are:
If you need guidance on how to support someone we can help. Contact us in confidence via our helpline, email us, access our live chat service via our home page or apply for peer support.
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