At a glance
- For many, Covid-19 has been challenging financially, physically, and mentally
- Whilst it sometimes leaves us feeling exposed, talking about our mental health, especially at work, is increasingly important
- We take a look at this, how to start a conversation, and how to be an active listener, in our latest guide: Are you ready for a mental health conversation?
Talking openly about how we’re feeling and coping (or not as the case may be) can be tough and make us feel exposed – particularly in a working environment, where we might think or assume that doing so could negatively impact our performance discussions or how we’re viewed and received by others. And perhaps even more so currently, due to the social disconnection and isolation many are experiencing.
Your team members might be demonstrating varying degrees of comfort in expressing how they’re feeling and asking for help. It’s true, some will be more ready and willing to talk than others, but remember, just because someone says they’re ‘ok’, doesn’t mean they don’t want and/or need your support. What you see (albeit virtually at the moment) and what’s visible or evident, can often only be the tip of the iceberg or a ‘persona’, in that we project into the world what we want others to see and perceive. Therefore it’s helpful to think about the personality types you might have within your teams.
We take a look at this, how to start a conversation, and how to be an active listener, in our latest guide:
Are you ready for a mental health conversation?