Workplace mental fitness
How Mentally Healthy is Your Workplace?
1. Can people who are suicidal or in mental health crises get support and referrals to appropriate care?
2. Does the workplace promote mental health or reinforce discrimination?
Depression ranks among the top three workplace problems for employee assistance professionals following only family crisis and stress.
The annual economic cost of depression in 1995 was $600 per depressed worker. Nearly one-third of these costs are for treatment and 72% are costs related to absenteeism and lost productivity.
Almost 15% of those suffering from severe depression will die by suicide.
Workplace Mental Fitness brings a difficult subject into the open giving co-workers basic information about suicidal risk and equiping them to know what steps to take if they are worried about someone.
The Goals of Workplace Mental Fitness
Suicide Intervention Training, or SIT, may be right for your workplace. Find out more about the 60-80 minute in-service training.
The loss of a co-worker to suicide can be devastating for surviving friends and co-workers. Businesses experiencing such a loss should consider hosting a post-suicide response.
Call 970-683-6626 for more information.
Do you Love or Hate your Job? Loving or hating a job can cause more or less stress in life. Did you know, 70% of those currently employed are searching for other jobs.
Less than one-third of Americans are happy with their work. Half of the workforce is “checked-out.” Eighteen percent are unhappy with their current position with some even sabotaging the success of their workplace. An unhappy or unhealthy work environment is bad for a business’ bottom line and bad for employees.
Studies have shown being unhappy with or unfulfilled by work can take a toll on our health, relationships, and even lifespan. Those in unhealthy work environments tend to gain more weight, have more healthcare appointments, and have higher rates of absenteeism. Stress from work can also impact their family life, mental health, and even increase risks for chronic illnesses and heart attacks.
So what separates the few who are excited about their work from the majority of Americans? While there are some differences among age groups and types of employment, a healthy work environment is key to job satisfaction. The happiest employees tend to include interpersonal relationships, commitment to the organization, and a sense of meaning or purpose among the parts of their job with which they are most satisfied. Conversely, those leaving their jobs tend to cite lack of respect, teamwork, and potential for growth among top reasons for quitting.
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"An integral component of reducing the high rate of suicide is to promote and support suicide prevention in the workplace."
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Six Simple Steps Employers Can Take to Promote Mental Health and Prevent Suicide
Sally Spencer-Thomas, PsyD, CEO and founder of the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, is co-author of Working Minds, the only national suicide prevention program in the United States that is exclusively dedicated to suicide prevention in the workplace. In an October 2011 article for Mental Health Works, a publication of the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, she offered these suggestions for employers.
- Build a Better Workplace
- Develop Fully Engaged Workers
- Reward Mental Wellness
- Offer Educational Programs on Mental Illness
- Provide for Reintegration and Return to Work
- Support Safe Bereavement