InTents October/November 2021 - 46

business | management
Supporting employees'
mental health
Employers can help shift post-pandemic priorities from surviving to thriving.
by Courtney Patt
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Additional resources
For employees:
* MMA's Mental Health Communication
Toolkit for employees: mma.marshmma.
com/ntl_mental_health_toolkit
* The Big Know: getbeing.
thebigknow.com/home/
* Mental Health First Aid Resources:
www.mentalhealthfi rstaid.org/
mental-health-resources/
* The National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline: 800-273-8255
* The Crisis Text Line-Text
" Home " to 741741
* Your Employee Assistance
Program (EAP) and health plan
(telemedicine/virtual health care)
For employers:
* National Alliance on Mental Illness
(NAMI): https://www.nami.org/Home
* Mental Health America:
www.mhanational.org/
* Center for Workplace Mental Health-
Employer Resources: www.workplace
mentalhealth.org/Employer-Resources
* The Bounce Back Project:
www.bouncebackproject.org/
* PsychHub's Mental Health
& Wellness in the Workplace:
www.psychhub.com/initiatives/mentalhealth-wellness-in-the-workplace/
*
Mental Health First Aid:
www.mentalhealthfi rstaid.org
46 intents oct-nov 2021
s we continue to emerge from the
COVID-19 pandemic, many have
been relecting on the year that was-
or perhaps wasn't. For a vast number of
folks, priorities have shifted from simply
surviving to remaining strong in the face
of what has passed and what is to come.
Mental health remains a critical issue
In the wake of the pandemic, stress
continues to be an issue for many
employees. Stress can lead to anxiety,
particularly if an employee is already
predisposed to having some form of
anxiety disorder. It's the feeling of dread or
an undeined restlessness, and it can result
in feeling tense, fatigued, depressed or sick
with headaches and stomachaches.
Employees who suffer from mental
health issues are no different from those
who have physical problems or an illness
that requires treatment. And it's not
something they-or employers-can
afford to ignore. Given that one in ive
American adults reports living with a
mental health challenge, these issues
must be recognized and treated.
So, what can employers do to help
employees cope?
Provide fundamental support
Employers can provide fundamental
support to employees that can have an
immediate effect on their well-being.
These include:
* Understand the effects of mental
health disorders and be a
mental health advocate. Create
an environment that encourages
individuals to talk about mental
health and make it okay to seek
support. By taking the time to educate
yourself on mental health, you will be
more comfortable and conident in
supporting someone.
* Be empathetic. Demonstrate that you
truly understand and are able to share
an employee's feelings. If someone
says he or she is feeling overwhelmed,
in crisis or depressed, make sure you
acknowledge those feelings. Don't
minimize them or try to pass them
off as unimportant. Even if they don't
sound like big problems to you, they
are to that individual.
* Listen before you talk. Whether an
employee is expressing a problem or
an idea, you should listen with an open
mind and make the person feel valued.
You don't have to solve your employees'
problems; you simply have to make
sure they feel heard. Listening also
helps generate connections with others
and lets them know you have their
backs. Once the employee has inished
talking, summarize what you heard
and ask questions to make sure you
understand. Then, if it makes sense,
point the person to possible solutions.
* Use compassionate language.
Empathetic language makes
employees feel that you're appreciating
what they're saying or feeling. Don't
brush off what the employee is saying
http://www.thebigknow.com/home/ http://www.mentalhealthfi http://www.rstaid.org/ https://www.nami.org/Home http://www.mhanational.org/ http://www.workplace http://www.mentalhealth.org/Employer-Resources http://www.bouncebackproject.org/ http://www.psychhub.com/initiatives/mental http://www.mentalhealthfi http://www.rstaid.org

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