Q&A: How to Taking Back Control of Your Mental Health: A Guide to Asking for Support

Sep 8, 2022 | Burning Question

I am struggling with my mental health. How do I ask for more support at work without undermining my reputation as a strong performer?  

 – Essence, 29

The first step to getting more support is recognizing that you need help. So well done ✅

To start, consider the challenges you’re experiencing and how they are impacting your performance, energy and overall well being. What support do you need to be your best?

Next, consider where to go for support. Is your manager a safe, supportive person for you? Have they talked about their own health or shared personal challenges? This level of authenticity builds trust and can be telling. If you need to go to someone other than your manager, HR can be a good place to start.

Once you’ve decided to share your experience, schedule time to talk one-on-one in private. Share the impact your mental health challenges are having at work. Come prepared with requests for how your manager or HR can help you. For example, have ideas about what changes or resources you would benefit from. . Offer to co-create solutions and give them time to reflect and circle back with next steps.

Lastly, educate yourself about the protections and benefits you’re legally entitled to as an employee. Resources vary by company and legal protections vary by region, so check your company’s HR Handbook and your local regulations, if possible. This way, you can advocate for yourself if your employer falls short or is unsure how to support you.

Do you have a burning question in your work.life? Equipt is here for you. Whether you prefer to type it out or record a voice memo, simply drop us a line at community@equiptwomen.com.

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