Factsheet: What to Do When You Think an Employee May Need Mental Health Help
In the best of conditions, supervising staff can be a complicated and stressful role. When itappears that an employee may have a mental health problem, however, many supervisors are unsure what actions are appropriate and in the best interest of both the individual and the organization. The goal of this resource is to help supervisors assist employees in getting any needed services so they can be healthy and return to a productive work life. To that end, we offer the following strategies to ensure the most positive and constructive outcomes:
Establish a Mentally Healthy Working Environment
If you ask people in the workplace who have a mental health problem, “What’s the worst part of having such an illness?” many will say, “stigma.” Feelings of shame, concerns about job security, and fear of rejection by colleagues are often debilitating—and they often discourage many from seeking the help they need.