The boss has advised Dave that he needs to work with Dr Peter Cotton to look into poor mental health in the company, as it’s important to spot the early warning signs and take preventative steps.
In this episode Dave learns how to spot the early warning signs of mental health issues. He fantasises about being a self-help guru on TV, but Dr Cotton assures him it’s not about being a counsellor or psychologist. Dave gets practical tips about how to have conversations with team members showing signs of mental health issues.
Dr Cotton’s top tips
Look for these early warning signs:
- Workers may have trouble sleeping
- Are tired and grumpy
- Previously social employees are withdrawn
- A worker, or their desk, has suddenly become untidy
Managers aren’t counsellors but they can:
- Start a discussion with the worker
- Check in regularly
- Maintain a wellbeing focus – not a job performance one
Comcare – Early intervention
Australian Public Service Commission – Talking about mental health
24 July 2013