The CFMA put together a list of common signs that someone may be suffering from mental health issues.
- Increased tardiness, absenteeism, and presenteeism (showing up to work physically, but not able to function)
- Family and Medical Leave requests due to long-term absences attributable to depression and other mental health illnesses
- Decreased productivity due to distraction and cognitive slowing
- Decreased self-confidence
- Isolation from peers
- Agitation and increased interpersonal conflict among coworkers leading to a potential for workplace violence
- Increased voluntary and involuntary attrition
- Increased overwhelming feelings
- Decreased problem-solving ability
As an employer, what can I do?
- Promote positive mental health – Do the posters on your bulletin board include something about mental health or the number of a suicide prevention line?
- Be proactive about preventing stress
- Engage everyone to be part of the action on mental health – make it the topic of a toolbox talk, we need to take away the stigma
- Provide the right support – Make sure your employees know about your EAP program