The large majority of our society has gone from in-person work to virtual work, all in just a matter of few months. On one hand, it may seem optimal that you no longer need to share a small space with a co-worker. On the other hand, however, what happens to the great rapport and interaction you get from being close to your colleagues? What happens to the social and emotional support that comes from those around you when work—or life—becomes stressful?

Beyond the day-to-day support, what happens if you have a colleague who typically struggles with depression and anxiety? It is harder than ever to recognize the potential signs of deteriorating mental health.

However, just because you are no longer physically next to your coworkers doesn’t mean there are no signs indicating that they need your help. Here are four ways to determine whether your colleagues need extra support during this tough time.

1. Notice non-verbal communication. When you are on a video call with your colleagues, notice how they speak, if they make eye-contact, and their tone of voice. These are all important cues about how they may be feeling. Does their body language show they are depressed? Does their tone of voice seem to be low energy?

2. Check in with your colleagues on a weekly basis. If not on a video call, check in with them via email or text once per week.

3. Listen to what they are NOT telling you. Outside of video calls, how does their email and messaging style seem to you? If you notice that their style is less communicative than before, that may be a sign that something is wrong.

4. Don’t forget to check in with your colleagues who may have be furloughed. Those who are no longer working with you may need your support more than ever, as they may be struggling with paying bills or the uncertainty of job security in the future. Checking in with them may help boost their morale, just knowing that someone is looking out for them.

For those struggling with depression and anxiety, treatments often include medications, talk therapy and even ketamine infusions. Most therapists are offering counseling services via secured Telehealth platforms, and many ketamine infusion centers—like our Evansville, IN ketamine clinic—are open and accepting patients.

There is hope during COVID-19. Call our office for a free consultation today.

Contact Evansville Ketamine Treatment Center

Evansville Ketamine is one of the most trusted ketamine clinics in Indiana. We treat patients suffering from a variety of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and bipolar disorder. In addition to ketamine infusions, we also offer IV vitamin therapy to support hydration and supplement the body with much-needed nutrients. If you’re curious about ketamine infusions or IV hydration therapy, contact our Evansville, IN ketamine treatment center today!