Recognising your feelings
Even though depression is a common experience, it is often misunderstood.
To learn more about depression, please refer to – All About Depression.
To learn more about the signs and symptoms of depression, please refer to Signs and Symptoms.
You can also take a self-test in the box “Self-Management Resources” at the top of this page. This self-test has been created as a quick assessment of your mood and to check if you are showing any of the main signs and symptoms for depression.
Depression is treatable
Getting treatment is helpful, depression may get worse if left untreated.
To learn more about the treatment of depression, please refer to Treatment for Depression.
Who to talk to at your workplace and how?
It is good to prepare for a conversation about your mental health with your employer.
It is probably best to find a quieter, less hectic moment in the workday to have this conversation with your employer.
If you feel more comfortable making the first contact over email, that is also a good approach. You could also talk first to a trusted colleague/peer and get advice. You may consider taking someone with you to the conversation, this could be a colleague, a union representative or a company psychologist or physician.
It is a good idea to talk to your employer (manager or supervisor) about how you would like them to communicate your situation to colleagues. Think about what you would like them to say, perhaps even agreeing some wording for an email or that can be communicated verbally.
Remember that there is a spectrum when it comes to sharing information about your mental health at work. You do not necessarily have to disclose all information. You can share information that you feel comfortable and safe disclosing.