A co-worker is not themselves

A co-worker is not themselves

You’ve noticed that a co-worker is not their usual self. They seem overly tired and irritable and are withdrawing from workplace interactions such as coffee breaks and water cooler chats.

Find a time when you can have a private chat. Ask them how they are. You’ve noticed they aren’t themselves. They seem to be struggling and you are worried. Encourage them to seek help from their doctor, a community agency or through the workplace if your organization offers an employee assistance plan. Continue to check in with them to see how they are doing and let them know you are there to support them.

To see videos about this scenario and other advice, visit these websites:


Mental Health Commission of Canada in partnership with Ottawa Public Health

Mindful Employer Canada

Canadian Mental Health Association

What I Wish I Knew

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