Mental Health Check!

Over the past couple of years the workplace environment has changed dramatically. Adapting to working from home, virtual platforms and trying our best to work together through difficult times.  From this,  a new found awareness was brought to our attention. The importance of recognizing employees’ mental health can help both the individual and the company. Mental Health according to the CDC, “includes our emotional, psychological and social well being.” Issues with our mental health  can cause overwhelming stress and can affect how we handle problems. 

Being that we often have our meetings via video conferencing platforms it can be challenging to gauge  how people are really doing. Some signs that an employee may not be feeling their best is constantly having their video off. If meetings are online it can be difficult to connect. Isolation and disengagement can be concerning. 

Just about anyone can suffer from depression and anxiety. According to mentalhealth.gov, 1 in 5 Adults experienced a mental health issue in 2020.

Common signs of a mental health issue include; 

  • Becoming Easily Frustrated 
  • Having  Irrational Fears 
  • Confusion 
  • Difficulty Making Decisions
  • Withdrawal from Social Events 
  • Frequent Lateness/ Absenteeism 
  • Fatigue 
  • Negative Self Talk 
  • Drug Use

 

Whether it’s your coworker or even a friend,  it can seem difficult to navigate the right way in approaching the subject. Without assuming you know what is wrong, you can pull the person to the side, mention some behaviors you have noticed and ask how they are feeling and how you can help. It can be intimidating for employees to admit when there is something wrong so making sure resources are available and making the work environment a safe place can be greatly beneficial.  Below are some resources to use and make available by posting flyers on bulletin;

 

  • Call 911
  • 988 Suicided & Crisis 
  • Crisis Text Line: Text SIGNS to 741741 for 24/7 anonymous free counseling 
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: Call or Text 1800-985-5990
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