FOR EMPLOYERS

Feeling supported at work is very important

Considering how much time we spend at work, employers and coworkers are well placed to notice if a new parent isn’t their usual self. Colleagues at work can do a lot to help a new mother or father feel valued and connected and help them in their recovery.

What Employers and Coworkers can do?

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Postpartum depression and anxiety can make it harder for new parents to get through their regular work duties. Your support as an employer and co-worker could make a real difference to new parents. Help them to continue working while they get through this time. In fact, staying at work might play a big part in their recovery. Working, whether paid or unpaid, is good for everyone's health and wellbeing.

Work has many benefits for us all including:

  • Helping us stay active

  • Helping us to build confidence and self-esteem

  • Providing a sense of community and belonging

  • Allowing us to feel that we’re making a contribution to society and our family

  • Contributing to our happiness

  • Giving structure to days and weeks

  • Financial security

Here are some things you, as a coworker, could do to help:

  • Have a casual check-in – Are you ok? How’s your workload? How are your energy levels?

  • Go for a walk together at lunchtime

  • Make sure they eat a healthy lunch

  • Make sure they drink plenty of water

  • Keep them connected with their other coworkers

  • Be supportive if they need to talk to a manager about their struggles

  • Don’t treat them differently, but do not overload them with duties either

  • If your coworker (a new parent) shares their thoughts around suicide or self/baby-harm, urgent help is needed. Keeping secrets when it comes to suicide and self-harm can be unhelpful to both you and new parent. Talk with someone else or call a helpline to discuss your concerns.

  • Always ask permission to contact services on a person’s behalf however if you feel they are in immediate danger and they won’t give permission you may need to go against them.