How to speak to your manager about your mental health
It’s not always easy to talk about your mental health. It can be uncomfortable, and you may feel that you have to carry on despite how you’re feeling. However, early intervention has proven to be more effective than letting feelings of stress or anxiety build up.
In our previous article, ‘Mind Health is for everyday life, not just times of crisis’, we explored the benefits of making time for mind health exercises in your daily routine, and how investing in your emotional wellbeing is as important as physical health when working or living abroad.
Three ways to start the conversation with your manager:
1. Be proactive – look for opportunities to regularly check-in with your manager, either virtually or by telephone. Set aside 30 minutes at the start and end of each week, to reflect on your achievements together, and discuss any challenges.
2. Use a mood scale – regularly reflect on your mood to recognise and flag when you might need additional support from your manager. Use our mood scale to help you.
3. Ask questions – encourage your manager to share details about the support available to help you maintain good mental health – and don’t be fearful of asking for help. This could include speaking confidentially to a trained professional through face to face or virtual therapy, by phone or video chat.
What mental support do we offer?
As a member of AXA - Global Healthcare, your plan includes Virtual Doctor from AXA1, with access to a real doctor, by phone or video call, at a time that suits your schedule anywhere in the world.2
You can use Virtual Doctor from AXA1 to confidentially discuss anything you’d like, from diagnosing or treating physical problems, to discussing challenges you’re facing with your mental health.
Virtual Doctor from AXA gives you the reassurance of a doctor from initial advice and diagnosis, to online prescriptions3 and support arranging ongoing care. And don’t forget there’s no need to claim as this service isn’t deducted from your benefit limits.
Not an AXA member?
If you’re not already an AXA member, you can find out more about our health plans and how they could help you.