3 Ways to Support Someone Returning to Work


It’s reported that 1 in 3 people experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. If someone you know has suffered and therefore needed to take time off work, then there are some ways in which you can support them. Whatever the reason for taking time off, making sure the right support is available when returning to work can make all the difference. It can be a daunting experience getting back into the workplace and there might be some concerns or worries impacting thoughts surrounding getting back to work.  


Talk to them

The simplest of them all, just talking to someone can have a positive impact on helping them feel supported. It’s a quick and easy way to let them know you’re there for them and it gives them an opportunity to talk through any concerns about returning to work. They might have worries that you can talk through or offer some insight on. Grabbing a cup of tea and chatting things through is a small and simple gesture that just shows you care and you’re there to listen. If you want some more information on how you can talk to someone about returning to work, there are some guides available, like this one from Randstad.


Professional Support

Sometimes offering support might include some information on seeking professional help and someone else to talk things through with. There are many great professional resources and charities such as Mind that can offer practical advice and information. Often just booking in for a session or reaching out to a professional can be a tough step to take, so letting them know you’re there for them helps a lot. This could involve assisting to book in or seek professional support, attending a session with them or even completing some exercises at home to work through any issues. Any support you can offer will go a long way.


Check in with them

Once they’ve returned to work, it’s always a good idea to occasionally check in with them to make sure they’re coping okay. Sometimes your friend or partner might not want to admit how they’re really feeling. A friendly word every so often can make such a difference in case they’re feeling overwhelmed and making sure you’re on hand to offer some support. Setting aside time to grab a coffee every so often gives you both something to look forward to and a chance to catch up!

If you are ever worried about someone’s mental health, and you’ve noticed any changes in their behaviour then it’s always best to encourage them to seek help. Sometimes it takes someone on the outside to notice a difference, by showing your concern and support you might be able to help them take the first step to getting the help they need.







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