As the seasons transition, we often find ourselves aligning with the late
st trends. Summertime invites us to bask in the sun, seeking solace at sandy shores and refreshing waters, a truly rejuvenating experience. However, as autumn quietly approaches, it brings with it a cozy, snug atmosphere, tempting us to don our beloved hoodies.
Yet, it’s not the same for everyone, for October is infamous for its association with feelings of despondency.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, which spans from October 6th to 12th, we notice a transformation in the weather – days lengthen and the chill deepens. Such shifts can impact our mental and emotional well-being profoundly.
Depression, a prevalent but grave mood disorder, manifests in severe symptoms that disrupt an individual’s feelings, thoughts, and daily activities, including sleep, appetite, and work.
On Friday, October 7th, our attention turns to the workplace. Consider the colleague who grapples at the office, completing tasks with visible strain, clashing with coworkers, and appearing disheveled. While this behavior may provoke frustration and disapproval, it also signals a cry for help.
When was the last time you, or a manager, extended a caring inquiry to this person? Is there a possibility that personal issues are affecting their conduct and work performance?
Do you sense a discrepancy in how you’re treated compared to others by management? Does this discrepancy foster a sense of alienation within your work environment? When would you summon the courage to voice your concerns?
For many individuals grappling with mental illness, such actions may be beyond their reach. They often rely on those closest to them or even strangers, hoping to garner attention. In this autumnal season, become the advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves, and remain vigilant for signs of depression. If you recognize this person as yourself, muster the bravery to defy fear and others’ opinions, and become the catalyst for positive change.