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Supporting carers in the workplace

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Most people of a working age who care for somebody with depression are in employment, and, for most, maintaining their professional life is important. Those who can successfully combine work and caring activities often have a better quality of life and higher self-esteem, as they are able to maintain their careers and make a productive contribution to the economy.1

However, carers may require support from both employers and colleagues to achieve this balance between their caring and professional responsibilities.

There are many ways that you can support a carer, including:

  • Offering to listen and understand when the carer chooses to share his or her experience
  • Being mindful to avoid the use of stigmatising language about depression
  • Offering extra support to the carer if they need help with their workload
  • Increasing awareness of mental health, and encouraging education and awareness
  • Offering flexible working practices to the carer

Those who can successfully combine work and caring activities often have a better quality of life, and higher self-esteem, as they are able to maintain their careers and make a productive contribution to the economy

These are only a few of the ways that you can offer support for a carer in your workplace. Developed in partnership with the European Federation of Associations of Families with Mental Illness (EUFAMI) (www.eufami.org), we created infographics to support you with more ideas on how you can make a difference. Click below to download and read more.

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References
  1. Eurofound. Working and caring: Reconciliation measures in times of demographic change. 2015. Available from: https://www.eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_publication/field_ef_document/ef1534en.pdf Last accessed September 2017.