Working with poor mental health
If you’re working with poor mental health, there are things that can help.
Adopt personal support strategies
Developing a workplace wellbeing plan can help you to stay well at work. It will help you identify your personal warning signs and the coping strategies that work for you.
Download Beyond Blue’s personal wellbeing plan template
Learn more about your mental health at work
There are also things you can do to support your wellbeing more generally.
Make reasonable adjustments
Reasonable adjustments are changes that help you to stay at work or return to work.
Workers with poor mental health have anti-discrimination protections. These include an obligation on employers to offer reasonable adjustments.Learn more about your rights and obligations at work
Examples of reasonable adjustments
Reasonable adjustments could be:
- adding flexibility to your working hours
- providing time off for appointments
- making changes to your shifts
- making changes to the location of your work
- adjusting your workspace
- setting goals, reminders and checklists to help manage your time and workload
- reducing your workload or the time you spend on certain tasks
- providing mentoring, coaching or peer support at work
- changing tasks that are stressful or overwhelming
- providing you with training and support.
Clear and regular communication
While you’re working, it can help to:
- meet regularly with your manager
- work with your manager to create realistic goals and clear expectations
- give your manager regular updates on how you’re going
- catch up regularly with someone you trust to talk about things
- ask for adjustments to your role where necessary
- communicate your needs so others know how to support you
- If you’re on a break from work but planning to return, it can help to:
- catch up regularly with your manager to stay connected to work
- let your manager know if you want visits, calls or emails from workmates.
Your employer might have other responsibilities with your return to work if you’ve been away because of a compensation claim.
Develop a return-to-work or stay-at-work plan
Sometimes, it may be helpful to work with your manager to develop a plan. This helps to make clear the agreed strategies and actions that can help you. It also outlines what supports are in place to assist you.
Your workplace may have a template you can use. Otherwise, you can download this template, which outlines a basic return-to-work-plan.
You can also download this return-to-work/stay-at-work discussion plan.
It provides discussion points that may be helpful for you and your manager when you're developing a plan.