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WHY MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE? INTEGRATING MENTAL HEALTH INTO WORKSITE WELLNESS
WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?Mental health…Involves the ability to function well and successfullyIncludes mood and overall health/satisfaction with life
WHY DOES YOUR EMPLOYER CARE?Healthcare costsJob productivityOverall health effects
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?Co-occurence with chronic diseasePersonal costsLife satisfaction
ES R AR U R SC YO YE EASON Y O TR H L TANW P POR MEE IM E HR T
WHY YOUR EMPLOYER CARES:HEALTHCARE AND INSURANCE COSTSUntreated mental illness has high costs to the employerHigh insurance costsLoss of job productivity Absenteeism and presenteeism
WHY YOUR EMPLOYER CARES:PRODUCTIVITYWork performance is negatively impactedLost days of work and productivityLess effective/invested presence at workDistraction and inability to focus Less motivated
WHY YOUR EMPLOYER CARES:OVERALL HEALTHMental health involves overall wellness and physical healthLess likely to pursue healthy habitsHigh co-morbidity with chronic diseaseIncreased vulnerability to sickness and accidents
RE A C ONS U REAS O NT Y Y TA HE PORWHRE IM T
WHY YOU CARE:CO-MORBIDITY AND CHRONIC DISEASEMental health is linked to incidence of chronic disease Mental illness can occur from developing a chronic disease Mental illness can bring about the onset of chronic disease Examples: Asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc.
WHY YOU CARE:COSTSConsequences of mental health include high personal costs of time and money Decreased ability to concrete/accomplish tasks Develop habits that negatively affect health Affected by mental illness of other family members/in the home
WHY YOU CARE:LIFE SATISFACTIONUntreated mental illness impacts life satisfaction Decreased enjoyment of activities, hobbies, etc. Detachment from social relationships Feelings of unworthiness Prolonged sadness, negative mood states Recurrent thoughts of death
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ASSESSING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH:WHY SELF ASSESSMENT IS IMPORTANTUntreated and undiagnosed mental health issues negatively affect: Your lifestyle Your job performanceAssess yourself to improve your life
ASSESSING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH:HOW TO SELF ASSESS Let the questions get you thinking about the state of your mental health You may want to start thinking about addressing some potential issues
ASSESSING YOUR MENTAL HEALTHSleep Patterns: Have your sleep patterns changed, resulting in too much or too little sleep? Do you have difficulty getting out of bed in the morning or falling asleep at night?
ASSESSING YOUR MENTAL HEALTHView of Yourself: Do you find yourself thinking about your flaws and shortcomings? Do you constantly think about mistakes that you’ve made and focus on your negative aspects?
ASSESSING YOUR MENTAL HEALTHInterest: Has your interest changed in things that you once enjoyed doing? Do you still find enjoyment in the activities and people in your life?
ASSESSING YOUR MENTAL HEALTHEnergy Level: Do you find yourself to be restless and need to pace around? Do you feel as though you’ve slowed down, feel flat or dull, and have difficulty getting through the day? Does it take great effort to do even the simplest of things?
ASSESSING YOUR MENTAL HEALTHWeight: Have you experienced a significant weight loss or gain? Lost or gained five pounds in the last two weeks for reasons unexplained?
LEVELS OF MENTAL ILLNESSSeverity of diagnosis differs between individuals and mental health issuesDepressionAnxiety DisordersSubstance Abuse (alcohol, drugs, etc.)
AVAILABLE & EFFECTIVE TREATMENTDepending on severity, mental health can be addressed with:Improved lifestyle/health habitsPhysical activityProfessional therapyMedicine
S … E P LN ES S T E L W T S H E AL TH E X M E NT ALN G IN IN N TA AI M
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?How to maintain mental health wellness:Introduce / increase physical activityPerform monthly self-checksSee a medical professional
HOW TO MAINTAIN MENTAL HEALTHWELLNESSIntroduce physical activityWalk, fins local trails/pathsTake physical activity breaks during the work dayJoin a gymFind fun exercise classes/sporting activitiesPlay active games with the kids
HOW TO MAINTAIN MENTAL HEALTHWELLNESSPerform monthly self-checksSelf-assessmentsTrack moodNotice self-harming thoughts
HOW TO MAINTAIN MENTAL HEALTHWELLNESSSee a medical professionalCounselingCognitive behavioral therapyMedication
Shanna Rogers o rt S s ppAdult Worksite & Wellness Coordinator 2-1-1: www.211maine.org E lth 207-795-5927~ firstname.lastname@example.org u (Emergency help hotline) C ea Rlh Alternative Services Inc.: O en U ta www.asi-ne.org (In home support) Common Ties Mental Health: Sm E al www.commonties.org R oc Constellations Health Services: www.yourwellbeing.org L Health Affiliates of Maine: healthaffiliatesmaine.com NAMI Maine: www.namimaine.org St. Mary’s: www.stmarysmaine.com/ Community Clinical Outpatient Counseling Services Sweetser: www.sweetser.org Tri-County Mental Health Services: www.tcmhs.org