It is always important that we look after each other, but never has it been more important than now.  The current situation will have an impact on all of us in different ways.  If you feel that one of your colleagues is struggling, it is important that you ask them 'Are you ok?'.  It is also important for managers to regularly contact staff who are either isolating or working from home to make sure that they are ok and not struggling due to the current situation.

 

How to recognise stress in somebody else

 

Someone suffering from stress may become more withdrawn and “not their usual self”. They may be prone to outbursts of anger or appear more irritable or tearful. They may take less pride in their appearance or their standards at work may begin to fall. They may take more time off work, suffer from loss of motivation or become prone to making mistakes.

 

Some people suffering from stress have developed coping mechanisms which could, in themselves, become problematic – drinking too much alcohol, smoking, over- or under-eating, or abusing drugs (prescribed or non-prescribed) for instance.

Zero Suicide Training along with NHS Merseyside have developed two different types of awareness training, which provide a better understanding of the signs to look out for and the skills required to approach someone who is struggling.  Find out more

 

Supporting a colleague with a mental health problem - MIND have produced a guide for ambulance service staff and volunteers on how to support a colleague experiencing a mental health problem.
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See Me Scotland - The mental health charity See Me Scotland have a useful document on recognising stress in a colleague and how you should approach them
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Staying Connected - Newsletter from the LGBT network on the importance of looking after each other
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