There are lots of things you can do to support a workmate who is going through a tough time. The level of support that you are able to provide will vary depending on the relationship that you have with them.
Below are some ideas of what you can do to support someone at work:
Supporting a colleague affected by suicide
The stigma associated with suicide can make it hard for people to talk about and seek support from colleagues. You may not know what to say to a colleague who has been affected by suicide, but small acts of genuine concern can really help.
Available support pathways
If you're worried about a colleague, there's a range of resources you can refer them to.
Useful contacts include:
- Beyond Blue's Support Service- 1300 22 4636 - for information and advice on depression, anxiety and related conditions, available treatments and where to get help. The information line is not a counselling or crisis line.
- Beyond Blue resources, including fact sheets, booklets, flyers and DVDs. These resources can be ordered online or over the phone.
- Beyond Blue website, for information on depression, anxiety and suicide prevention, available treatments and where to get help.
- Youth Beyond Blue for information designed for young people on depression, anxiety and how to help a friend
- SANE Australia's website and helpline - 1800 18 SANE (7623) - provides information about symptoms, treatments, medications, where to go for support and help for carers.
- If you work in a larger organisation, your workplace's human resources managers and internal support services, such as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)