St. Paul is finding that despite the great effort required, there are big rewards in focusing more attention on workplace mental health. Concerns with stress, depression and suicide created a call to action, but for this initiative, one of the biggest challenges was where to start.
Sigmund Freud got it right in stating: “love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” Yet, that hope is fading for physicians across the country. With national data revealing a 43.9% physician burnout rate, the medical community is pausing to acknowledge the complex interplay between over-stressed physicians and their patients.
Our fast-paced culture results in people working hard, meeting tight deadlines, managing work relationships and staying constantly connected through mobile devices. But this pace can lead to stress and burnout. Navigating through these challenges requires skills and strategies that can be developed. Resilience is a key strategy that helps employees tackle stress, a competitive job market, workplace conflicts, and address challenges on the job.
Today, technology allows us to speak with others across the country and the world without having to leave our office. We also see a rise in open floor plan offices aimed at fostering interaction and good communication. While these modern-day opportunities are convenient, they may actually be contributing to loneliness. As human beings, we have an innate need to be connected to others, to belong. Loneliness pulls us away from social connectedness and is becoming a real concern for employers.
Life can be full of ups and downs, but for people with bipolar disorder, the ups and downs are often severe. Bipolar disorder causes extreme shifts in mood, sleep, energy and ability to function at home and at work. Although bipolar disorder can significantly impact productivity and performance, with access to effective treatment, people can do quite well.
In 2012, KSU’s leadership made a commitment to take a holistic approach to addressing employee well-being, work-life balance and mental health. Since then, creating a culture of health and well-being has become their operational cornerstone.
While employers are making mental health a priority, there remain challenges when connecting employees to care and addressing the increasing healthcare costs for those with co-occuring mental health and medical conditions. Employees also face obstacles in locating and accessing timely and effective mental health and substance use treatment. This led the Center for Workplace Mental Health and the American Psychiatric Association to join forces in developing Recommendations for Improving Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Care.
With the energy sector facing increasing changes and uncertainties, workers are inevitably impacted. Leaders at NB wanted to understand how they could best support their employees’ through the change by addressing their psychological health and safety in the workplace.
Health and well-being became a significant matter at the University of Michigan when former president, Dr. Mary Sue Coleman decided to make it a priority. This called for numerous committees being formed to engage university representatives in various aspects of their MHealthy program.
Millions of working Americans serve as caregivers and care managers for a loved one living with a mental health condition, placing tremendous stress and added responsibility to their everyday lives. Mental health advocate and Executive Director of The Living Assistance Fund, Monica Luke tells her story about how her role as a caregiver for her son impacted her work and how her employer supported her through her journey.
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