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Supporting each other in the workplace

As we are starting to return to the office post pandemic, we need to be mindful of how much our colleagues can support us and vice versa. As a result, it maybe that we develop friendships and in doing so turn to each other for support with our mental well-being. It is important that we respond in a way that is encouraging and supportive and in doing so can help create an open culture around mental health. How can we do this?

  • Be an empathetic listener. You can do this by saying something like, “I’sorry to hear you’re struggling, is  there anything I can do to help? or “How are things?”
  • Give space and ask open ended questions. Remember it is important to reassure them that the conversation is private
  • Invite them for a coffee, sometimes a more relaxed environment can help conversation
  • Think about signposting them to sources of help such as here at Jonathan’s Voice or Mind
  • If they have taken time off work sending a card or a quick text can let them know they are not alone and you care.

These strategies and ideas align with the aims of Jonathan’s Voice – to reduce the stigma associated with mental health, to empower people to speak up and to reach out for help when they need it.

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