Posted by: healingtheworkplace | April 11, 2010

Mental Health At Work

HI there, this week I’m writing about mental health and the workplace because two of my colleagues recently sent me information which I’d like to share with you.

As a society we have come a long way from the days when mental health problems (both minor and more serious) were basically “kept in the dark”. In fact society was quite happy to lock up people who suffered from mental illness.

It has always been easier to understand and talk about physical health problems. We’ve taken much longer to be able to recognize and address mental health issues.

However, many people, especially those with mental health problems, still find it difficult to talk about them. AND supervisors and managers in the workplace still find it difficult to recognize the signs that something is wrong and often don’t know what to do to help.

I think that two of the biggest mental health challenges are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Both of these can be devastating and can interfere with a person’s ability to work and lead a full life.

There is also increasing awareness that anxiety and depression can have a debilitating impact on both employees and employers.

Employees lose time off work and may not get paid, especially if they haven’t told their employer about the problem.

Employers may lose the contribution of valuable employees who are an asset to their organizations.

In 2001 the Canadian Mental Health Association (Ontario Branch) began working with the voluntary sector, government and business to try and address the issues around mental health in the workplace.

 The result is a RESOURCE RICH website that seems to have something for everyone.

The website contains articles and information about webinars, quizzes and surveys, e-learning and other practical solutions.

If you are a worker you can find the following information:

  • How to recognize if you have a problem
  • How to talk with your employer (including a step-by-step guide)
  • How to talk with your co-workers

And much more!

Even though this website was created with the workplace in mind the tools and resources will benefit anyone and most of them are FREE!

Be Well!

Lesley

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