How to tell if a colleague is struggling

Taking the steps to promote well-being should create an environment where staff will feel more confident to talk about any mental health problems they may experience. However, there is no guarantee that people will be ready to ask for help or disclose an issue.

While everyone’s experiences are different, there are some tell-tale signs that Mind UK recommend looking out for that may indicate a problem;

  • Changes in people’s behavior, mood or how they interact with colleagues

  • Changes in their work output, motivation levels and focus

  • Struggling to make decisions, get organised and find solutions to problems

  • Appearing tired, anxious or withdrawn and losing interest in activities and tasks that they previously enjoyed

  • Changes in eating habits, appetite and increased smoking and drinking.

by Jennifer Headington

(Advice based on Mind toolkits, available at

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