The stigma associated with mental illness can be one of the greatest barriers to psychological health and safety in the workplace, especially for employees struggling with stress, depression or anxiety. Mental health is one of leading causes of lost productivity.
The first step in eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness starts with us. By educating ourselves and others it can increase awareness so people feel comfortable seeking help sooner. They will recover faster and maintain productivity which reduces strain on employees and employers.
Mental disorders are like any other medical condition. They are highly treatable and for many individuals, recovery is possible. Mental health and wellness are essential to overall health.
This message needs to be further emphasized to break those stigma barriers.
As Mental Health Awareness Month comes to a close, we cannot let its mission fade. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness — taking action to help yourself is a sign of strength. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it.
Who should you contact for help?
- Call a friend, family member, co-worker, someone you trust to assist you in finding help.
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers a wide variety of services for employees and their family members to resolve personal and workplace problems. Their sole purpose is to provide help.
- Contact your Insurance Plan / Find a Health Professional
- 24-Hour Crisis Line provides immediate help to individuals, families and friends of people in emotional crisis.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America provides information about treatment options, finding a therapist near you, getting support and how to help others struggling with anxiety, depression, and related disorders.
- SmartHealth offers easy-to-use, interactive tools, and a variety of support topics to help take steps to improve your health and well-being.
- Other Mental Health Resources