It can be difficult to know whether one of your workmates is struggling with anxiety as each person can experience it differently, but some common signs you might notice:
It’s important to remember that it’s not up to you to diagnose if your workmate has a serious issue. If you suspect that they might be struggling, have a conversation with them about your concerns, and encourage them to seek help from a health professional who can make a proper diagnosis and link them up with more support.
You may also want to encourage your workmate to let their manager know about their struggles, if they’re comfortable enough. Having the organisation behind them can be a big relief, and their manager can help work out a plan to support them. Organisations like Heads Up have some great tips on how to develop a plan to support people with mental health issues in the workplace.
If you already know that your workmate is struggling with anxiety, or has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, there are some things you can do to help support them:
Some people welcome advice more than others, so try to respect their own personal preference. The most important thing is for your workmate to know that they’re not alone, and that there is help there, if they need it.
beyondblue. Anxiety signs and symptoms [Online; accessed Sept 2017] Available from: www.beyondblue.org.au
Heads Up. Mental health conditions [Online; accessed Sept 2017] Available from: www.headsup.org.au
Mindhealthconnect. Anxiety – symptoms, treatment and causes [Online; last reviewed Nov 2016, accessed Sept 2017] Available from: www.mindhealthconnect.org.au
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