Integrity Staffing Solutions
best of staffing 2019 client 2x 1

It's Mental Health Awareness Month — So Let's Talk About It

  • mentalhealth

 

It's estimated that one in four people in America has a mental health issue at some time in their lives. Yet, even though it's so common, nobody wants to talk about it — either their own or anyone else's.

 

That's too bad, because talking can often reduce the fear, shame and anger people might feel towards someone suffering with mental illness, and go a long way towards helping the sufferer feel better too.

 

Is there someone you need to start a conversation with? Here are some tips.

 

Plan a good time.

Right in the middle of a busy day is not the moment to suddenly say, "I have something important to tell you about myself" or "I've noticed you seem really down/stressed/angry lately." Pick a time when both of you will have at least 30 minutes for uninterrupted talk.

 

Be prepared for a discouraging reaction.

Many people are extremely uncomfortable talking about mental health, or may be in denial about their own situation. They might push you away with, "you're just having a bad week" or "there's nothing wrong with me." Try to help them see that it's no different from having a physical illness, with well-known symptoms and treatments.

 

Discuss the details.

Some questions that might come up: What does it feel like, how long has this been going on, and what event triggered it. This is an important step toward shared understanding and the relief of knowing that nobody has to go through it alone.

 

Talk about the next step.

Often the hardest part of treating mental illness is getting the courage to start treatment in the first place. This conversation may be just the kickstart that's needed to contact a help line, make an appointment with a mental health professional, etc.

 

If you think your friend is in a real crisis, please don't hesitate to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text 741741 or call 911.

 

Remember, getting better can take a while.

Whether the mental health issue is something that normally goes away with time (such as getting over a bad breakup) or a long-standing condition, it won't be fixed overnight. Keep the lines of communication open and your eyes on the prize — it's the best gift you can give your friend or yourself.

 

You might be interested in...

8.28.19
Training Gen Z for Success and Retention
In our white paper "Are You Ready for Generation Z?" you will discover the impacts this new generation will have on the way we recruit, train and retain employees. In this article, we'll discuss the generation's strengths and weaknesses which may require you to make some changes in your training protocols.    Generation Z (born 1998 – 2005) is both more independent and more in need of skill-building than previous generations. Here are some of the factors you're likely to encounter.     BE ready to help them build their soft skills  As the first generation of true digital natives, Generation Z brings the technological skills that are in high demand, even in entry-level positions. At the same time, 92% of HR leaders believe that having emotional and social skills is increasingly important. However, a side-effect of their constant online interaction is that many of them are deficient in soft skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking and interpersonal relationships. Most...
Read More
8.14.19
Gen Z
Gen Z is the biggest population to hit our labor market in 60 years. Here’s (almost) everything we know about how to become their employer of choice.    Gen Z will dominate your workforce by 2025 because Baby Boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day. Here is how you can effectively recruit them into your workforce.  ______________________________________________________________________  DOES YOUR WORKPLACE PASS THE GEN Z TEST? FIND OUT IN THIS SPECIAL BROADCAST ON SEPTEMBER 19TH. REGISTER NOW! ______________________________________________________________________  Forget everything you think you know about managing Millennials in your workforce  Gen Zers, born after 1996, are already in your labor market. The leading edge of the this generation are in their 20s. And you can forget everything you think you learned over the last 20 years about managing Millennials in your workforce. Gen Z is about to upend the game.  The truth is with the labor market so tight,...
Read More
6.07.19
AI in HR: Recruiting with Predictive Analytics
In our new study "Artificial Intelligence for Recruiting Success," we discussed ways that new technology can save us time and effort while attracting a better pool of job candidates. In this article, we'll explore the benefits and uses of predictive analytics.   Basically, predictive analytics is the process of looking at past data in order to determine what will happen in the future. Machine learning automates much of this activity, freeing up recruiting professionals for higher level work of in-person interviews, decision making, and so on.   Finding Talent Programmed with your data on production performance and behaviors, attrition, employee life cycle, engagement surveys and any other metrics you choose, predictive analytics software can be "trained" to look for your ideal employee. It can scan all the available candidate sources, as well as discovering overlooked talent in your existing applicant database.   The longer you use it, the better it works, as it learns...
Read More
General

Title

More Info
You need an account to do that Set up an account Never Mind

Please register for an account first. If you already have one, log in here.