Let's talk about depression at work

May 26 2018 by NZ Herald

When Kara Smith's brother took his own life six years ago, her family was completely devastated. Smith says her brother saw his mental illness as a weakness, and thinks he felt alone and unable to seek help.

"It must have been very isolating, confusing and lonely for him," she says.

Consequently, as general manager of recruitment company Talent, Smith is aware of the importance of her staff being able to speak openly and honestly about any mental health issue they may be experiencing.

"In my role as manager, I believe that sharing my personal experience can help open up the lines of communication," she says.