How Have You Been Sleeping? Feeling Like the Blues Got You?
Let’s talk about normalizing discussions over mental health. Think about a time when a co-worker had a cold. No one hesitates to ask about their wellness and checks in continuously to see if they are feeling better. Why can’t we see mental wellness the same way? Often, we see signs of “the blues” or workplace anxiety in colleagues and want to ask how they are feeling. How do we walk the fine line of being supportive while being mindful of the stigma of the term “mental health”?
Mental health conditions are fairly common and are often treatable, just like physical conditions. This raises the question, why are the two treated so differently? Powerful stereotypes shape our views of people with mental health challenges before we can understand what is truly going on.
A crucial component to mental health is sleep. A good night’s sleep has been shown to improve cognition, concentration, and performance while poor sleep can impair brain function. People who sleep well are less likely to face mental health challenges than those who don’t.
How can we become aware and establish a supportive work environment that prioritizes mental health? The first step is creating a stigma-free culture.
A co-worker opening up about a possible mental health challenge should not be a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength to face their challenges head on. When speaking about mental health conditions be sure to:
 “Reducing Mental Health Stigma in the Workplace”
October 18, 2018
Debra Rosen, President & CEO