In this “Let’s Rebrand Depression and Anxiety” series video, Caroline and Bill talk about how you are note expected to fix peoples’ depression or anxiety. Most people—especially in the workplace—would prefer you don’t try. So relax, the pressure is off! A transcript is included below.

Caroline: Let’s rebrand depression and anxiety.

Bill: One great way to do that is to remember that you’re not expected to fix people. I know, especially at the workplace, when something’s wrong, our instinct is to fix it. Like, “Oh, the server’s down. “Oh my gosh, what are we gonna do? We’ve got to fix the server.” We did a survey, and the number one thing that would make people with depression and anxiety, feel more comfortable talking about it at work, is if they knew that people were not going to try to fix them.

Caroline: Totally. And here’s the thing. You’re not expected to fix them. You probably can’t, and they probably don’t want you to try. Also, people can be sad and
okay at the same time.

Bill: Yeah. Really important point. So it bears repeating, people can be sad and okay at the same time.

Because the human condition, well, it’s complex, and people experience every day a multitude of emotions all at the same time, and they can still be okay.

Bill: So we’d love to hear from you. Have you had a situation where you were talking to a coworker about their depression and anxiety? Maybe you’ve had depression and anxiety and you got frustrated somebody tried to fix you. Or maybe you actually invited them to. That’s different, if you’re like,”Hey, do you have suggestions?” So comment below and let us know, what experiences you’ve had around people trying to fix people at work.