May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and thus a good time to focus on education about the impact of mental illness in the workplace, in families and in society in general. In the workplace, we see the impact that mental health issues may have on productivity, relationships, absenteeism, disability, and the bottom line.
Stable mental health is related to mental and psychological well-being. Data from the World Health Organization shows 18.5% or adults experience a mental disorder in any one year. A mental illness can occur together with a physical illness and can also present as co-morbid with another psychological illness, ie: depression and anxiety or substance abuse and depression. Mental health problems impact all of society across all socioeconomic groups and throughout the life cycle.
A mental health problem is a broad term that indicates that the problem may not be severe enough to warrant the diagnosis of mental disorder. A mental health disorder is a diagnosable mental illness the affects the persons thinking, emotional state, and behavior, disrupting the person’s ability to work or carry out other daily activities and engage in satisfying personal relationships. When we encounter co-worker, friends and family who appear to be struggling with a mental health problem, it is difficult to know how to help.
Mental Health First Aid is a training program that teaches the general public how to help a person who is experiencing a mental health and /or a substance abuse problem. The problems often exist on a continuum and may either be developing and in the early stages or a worsening problem that has become a mental health crisis. Like traditional first aid, the intent is NOT to teach people how to diagnose or treat mental health or substance abuse problems. The goal of Mental Health First Aid is to teach people how to offer initial support to a distressed person until professional help is received or the crisis is resolved.
This additional knowledge will hopefully decrease the fear and stigma that is frequently associated with mental illness. The impact of mental illness is often not visible and thus poorly understood, resulting in a stigma that often prevents people from seeking help.
Mental Health First Aid Webinar
The May 21st HR30 webinar will review the Mental Health First Aid concepts, along with the recommended actions to assist a person in distress. This webinar reviews the signs and symptoms of depressions, anxiety, substance abuse, panic attacks, psychosis and eating disorders. The Mental Health First Aid guidelines are reviewed to help you feel more comfortable assisting a co-worker, friend or family member through a brief time of additional stress or a full mental health crisis.