One in two of us will have a mental health issue during our lifetime. Think about that.
Mental health is a part of our overall health and should be treated the same as cardiovascular issues, pregnancy, or cancer. Here are more numbers:
- Depression is the #1 cause of disability worldwide
- Mental health issues are the #1 cause of disability in the U.S.
- 35 – 45% of adults with a mental health issue will seek help
- The average delay between the onset of symptoms and treatment is 11 years
- Up to 90% of those seeking help are able to significantly reduce symptoms and improve their life
We need to do better. Mental health issues impact the workplace. What can employers do to address this?
- Lead by example and discuss mental health issues
- Prioritize self-care and a reasonable work/life balance
- Reduce the Stigma
- Recognize the high prevalence of mental health issues
- Reeducate yourself and others; learn about signs and resources available
- Reduce hesitancy to seek care
- Make your workplace Mental Health Friendly
- Build awareness and a supportive culture
- Offer employee assistance
- Ensure access to treatment
- If you notice changes in mood, appearance or how thoughts are expressed, check in with the employee, ask Are you OK?
- Allow them to expression their emotions
- Do not take it personally
- Remain calm and be patient
- Provide Accommodation
- Allow sick time for reasons related to mental health issues
- Offer unpaid leave for treatment or recovery
- Allow flexible time off for therapy or related appointments during the workday
- Provide breaks according to need
- Offer flexible workplaces
Home | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness 800-950-NAMI
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Hotline SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357) | SAMHSA
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 24/7 Confidential Help – Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255 press 1
Lifeline (suicidepreventionlifeline.org) 800-273-8255
Remember you are not alone.
One in two of us will have a mental health issue in our lifetime.