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ITB2019 Mental Helpers -Jeff Kunkel

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Mental health is an ever increasing concern today. As leaders and teammates we can feel powerless to help those around us suffering from mental health issues like depression and anxiety. Navigating the world of mental health is a treacherous path that can lead you to accomplishing the opposite of your goals, or even ending up with issues of your own.

This talk will focus on summarizing a few common mental health issues in the tech / office environment. Giving attendees some tools for recognizing signs, understanding what's going on in their coworkers heads, and being supportive without being intrusive or overbearing. I will also focus heavily on making sure to maintain your own mental heath while trying to help others.

I end the talk with a short round table discussion to brainstorm and share ways attendee's have personally dealt with these issues.

This talk is for leaders and coworkers that want to be resources for their teams to help them with their mental health and get them up and running again.

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ITB2019 Mental Helpers -Jeff Kunkel

  1. 1. MENTAL HELPERS SUPPORT YOUR TEAM
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION JEFF KUNKEL ▸ Me in a nutshell ▸ Education ▸ Work ▸ Qualifications ▸ Why am I here?
  3. 3. I JUST PLAY ONE ON TV I’M NO DOCTOR ▸ This is personal advice that has worked for me ▸ Seek further information from sources like the American Psychiatric Association and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  4. 4. NEARLY ONE IN FIVE (19 %) U.S. ADULTS EXPERIENCE SOME FORM OF MENTAL ILLNESS WHY LEARN THIS?
  5. 5. INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE WHAT EVEN IS A MENTAL ILLNESS? Refers collectively to all diagnosable mental disorders — health conditions involving: ▸ Significant changes in thinking, emotion and/or behavior ▸ Distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities The American Psychiatric Association (APA)
  6. 6. NUMBER FIVE WILL SURPRISE YOU! TOP FIVE REPORTED MENTAL ILLNESSES ▸ Depression ▸ Anxiety ▸ Bipolar Affective Disorder ▸ Schizophrenia ▸ Dementia
  7. 7. DRINK YOUR OVALTINE WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? ▸ Stress ▸ Isolation ▸ Poor nutrition ▸ Lack of sunlight ▸ Lack of sleep ▸ Overindulgence
  8. 8. ALWAYS WATCHING... WHAT TO LOOK FOR ▸ Withdrawn ▸ Outbursts ▸ Cries for help ▸ Poor attendance / performance ▸ Sudden changes
  9. 9. LET’S TALK IT OUT WHAT CAN I DO? ▸ Be a resource ▸ Relate personal experience ▸ Show you care ▸ Make reasonable accommodations ▸ Recommend professionals
  10. 10. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE CRAZY TO WORK HERE, BUT IT HELPS WHAT NOT TO DO ▸ Blame ▸ Panic ▸ Diagnose ▸ Excuse poor performance ▸ Make light of their situation
  11. 11. SWING OVER MENTAL ALLIGATORS POTENTIAL PITFALLS ▸ Some people do not want help ▸ It can be very uncomfortable ▸ Forcing the issue can make it worse
  12. 12. NO SNARKY COMMENT FOR THIS ONE SUICIDE ▸ Time to talk about the elephant in the room ▸ Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US ▸ On average, there are 129 suicides per day.
  13. 13. BE THERE FOR EACH OTHER AFTER SUICIDE ▸ It is not your fault ▸ Be supportive ▸ Support survivors
  14. 14. OK, LET’S TAKE A MINUTE AND BREATHE
  15. 15. HOLD UP LET’S TALK ABOUT YOU ▸ Other’s mental health is not your personal responsibility ▸ Don’t risk your own mental health for the sake of others ▸ If you don’t take care of yourself you won’t be there to take care of others
  16. 16. DON’T FORGET YOURSELF SELF CARE ▸ Practice what you preach ▸ Eat right ▸ Get some sleep ▸ Go out in the sun ▸ Accept help from others
  17. 17. HELLO FELLOW CHILDREN LET’S TALK ▸ Questions ▸ Comments ▸ Stories ▸ What works for you?

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