What happens when you have a dark day at work, or worse what happens when you’re in a dark place and you’re at work?
Well there are many things that can be done, we just don’t necessarily have the minerals to do something about it. It’s not a bad thing and definitely not something to frown upon, however you’re not alone. There are so many people suffering, especially within our current climate. We have worries about the next few months for the country or for our jobs, even worries about Christmas with families and loved ones. It’s understandable, but you are not alone.
There are things like cards being handed out for those in need, or a website referral or someone saying... “here, phones these guys, they can help”. This is all well and good but does it actually work or is this just ticking a box? Personally I think it’s ticking a box. Yes your colleagues can be there to help you but for those who are new or who don’t share anything on a personal level with colleagues, does this actually help? I’m voting no.
So what do we do? What do we do when we are in a dark place at work or having a dark day? We talk. We express this concern to loved ones, we express this concern to colleagues, push for something better to be in place.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a panic button at work? A button you can press from the comfort of your computer when you are struggling to cope?
I know right, sounds like my dream!
What if I told you this could be possible, what if I told you, we can make this happen?
I know right!
Email: email@example.com to find out more about this.
Anyway back to the nitty gritty part. You’re having a dark day or in a dark place.... I’ve been there, multiple times and not necessarily because of my job either. I did nothing and ended up having a mental breakdown in an office... on my own, and it was debilitating to say the least: I felt embarrassed and ashamed that I had let my mind slip so far that it had impacted my job. I came home and I opened up to the one person who would listen to me, and got told to speak up about it because there could be others in the same position who are suffering.
My first worry was, how will the company take it? How will they deal with this, and how can they help me?
As a company, can you answer your employee when they ask this? And be honest!
If you can’t, then does what you have in place to merely tick a box suffice? Especially within this climate?
This blog is more of a pondering question blog today, to get you thinking about the what ifs and the what can I do moments.
Get in touch with arcope to share your experiences and your current methods to tackle mental health in the work place at firstname.lastname@example.org