Welcome! Thank you for joining today, in our discussion about mental health in the workplace. Why are we discussing mental health in the workplace? Because we spend over a third of our adult lives at work, yet few of us probably take into account how that time winds up affecting our mental health. New research shows that employees who feel “valued” at work are more likely to report better physical and mental health than those who don’t. The American Psychological Association (APA) released its 2012 “Stress in the Workplace” survey, in which 21% of working Americans said they don’t feel valued by their employers. Only 33% of those respondents were "motivated to do their best at work" or demonstrated a high level of engagement or satisfaction. For those who do feel valued, that number jumps to 93%. Today, we will talk define mental health, and explain why your employer and you should consider mental health when talking about overall employee health. We will offer ideas for how to assess your mental health, and talk aobut next steps and available resources.
Mental health in the workplace affects us all, whether we are employers or employees. When mental health issues are not addressed and treated appropriately, there can be considerable personal and financial costs to individuals and organizations. Fortunately with prevention, early treatment, and support, many of these costs can be significantly reduced or eliminated entirely.
Chronic disease is a condition that lasts a long time and generally cannot be cured. Diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and multiple sclerosis are chronic, and up to one third of people who live with chronic disease also live with depressive symptoms. Indeed, research shows that the more severe the symptoms of chronic disease, the more significant the life changes and depressive symptoms. The personal costs associated with chronic disease, both financial and emotional can be high. Why? • change in lifestyle • limited independence and mobility • inability to pursue activities and interests that would otherwise be enjoyed • sense of hope for the future can be undermined, producing feelings of sadness • medications and physical pain can also contribute to depressive symptoms
Now we will discuss the three reasons why Your Employer Cares.
Consider these scenarios: A focused, energetic and results-oriented employee begins to arrive at work plate, appears disorganized and lethargic, and becomes less productive.
An employee, who for years had a great attendance record and was a well liked team player, has been booking off sick more often. Colleagues have noticed she had become withdrawn, and uncommunicative.
Depression will rank second only to heart disease as the leading cause of disability worldwide by the year 2020. We know mental health is a driver of prescription costs and healthcare costs, but it also increases your vulnerability for workplace incidents.
Now we will discuss the three reasons why You Care.
Many of us know how to assess other aspects of our health. Indeed, we know our weight, and our ideal weight. Many of you probably know your cholesterol, and your ideal range. Blood pressure is another gauge of your health status that you are likely to be aware. But do you consider you mental well being? Do you know indicators for your mental health?
Use the follow ing questions to start thinking about your mental health, and your quality of life. Consider your response to each question, and if you see a pattern of concern that develops. (Pause with each following questions. Allow space for questions, comments and sharing.)
If the previous questions raised concerns for you, or a coworker, it means that the topic of mental wellness is worth a deeper conversation. There are varying levels of mental wellness, including depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse. Within each area there are varying levels of severity.
There are options for each person, in each area with each degree of severity.
Incorporate worksite specific information into your presentation HERE. Include information about the company’s EAP if they have one.
Describe any incentives or business specific reimbursements to gyms, weight management programs or insurance coverage for discussion therapy.
Hand out the Resource Brochure. If you have no brochures, print out slide.
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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
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
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
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