Mental Health First Aid Can Be Learned Lenny Bernstein, a health blogger with the Washington Post, asks a very good question in his article, Trying to Make Mental Health First Aid as Familiar as CPR. After noting most of us would not hesitate to come to the aid of a person suffering from heart attack or other severe medical [...]
Stress teaches us things. There are a lot of important things I have learned from stressful times in my life and in the lives of others I have worked with during their times of stress, trauma or crisis. Two of these lessons are:
What is Well Being? We consider well being to encompass an overall sense of satisfaction with your life. Your overall experience of well being is influenced by your health in six interrelated dimensions we refer to as the Wheel of Well Being.
In a previous article, we introduced the VITAL WorkLife Wheel of Well Being. Your Wheel of Well Being is a combination of six different distinct dimensions of your life: Professional, Physical, Financial/Legal, Spiritual, Emotional and Relational.
A “critical incident” is an unexpected and traumatic event having the potential to deeply affect an individual’s psychological well-being and ability to do their normal work. These traumatic events may occur at the worksite and involve situations such as a serious workplace accident/injury, robberies or assaults, bomb [...]
Depending on the nature and severity of a critical incident, you may want to bring EAP counselors onsite to assist employees. It may be tempting to think of this as a process that can be handled internally, but research indicates that outcomes are better when trained professionals are called in.
Crisis such as natural disasters, workplace accidents, homicides, suicides or the death of a co-worker are traumatic events that may leave their mark not just on the people directly affected, but also on those who witness or know people affected by the incident. The emotional toll associated with critical incidents involving [...]
One of the many services we provide—and brings proven, valuable support to any organization, large or small—is what is commonly referred to as "critical incident stress management" (CISM) services. We all hope that we never have to face a traumatic workplace incident. However, you may one day be in a position where employees [...]