More and more we are hearing about mental health concerns in the workplace. Recently I spoke on a panel hosted by Marsh & McLennan, an insurance broker serving risk prevention and insurance needs, to address these issues. At the event I saw many head nods in the audience as we covered these topics at length. I am sharing this [...]
Mental Health in the Workplace Lately I’ve been reading a variety of studies and articles on the effects of mental health in the workplace and how it leads to employee absenteeism, and more importantly, employee presenteeism. According to the World Health Organization, there can be as many as 27 lost work days per year for [...]
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 [...]
Most anyone who has owned a dog knows what it's like to return home and be greeted with unbridled enthusiasm, love and acceptance. Wouldn't it be wonderful to look in the mirror and see ourselves through the eyes of our pet? To remove the filter of our own perspective and to see ourselves with compassion instead of judgement [...]
The recent suicide of Robin Williams sent shock waves across the country. The common thread in almost all the media coverage was around why he did it—and how it could have been prevented. It was widely known that he had struggled in the past with alcohol and drugs, and more recently with depression. Yet, those closest to him [...]
Everyone has thoughts running through their minds almost constantly—and that "self-talk" can be positive or negative. For example, when you make a mistake in public, are you more apt to: Get a sick sense of embarrassment and say to yourself, "I'm such an idiot, why can't I ever do anything right?" or Kindly laugh at yourself [...]
The recent suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams highlights the importance of addressing depression and other mood disorders. Even though the people closest to him knew he was suffering from depression—most of them thought he "had it under control."
Are you looking forward to the holidays with a sense of joy and anticipation—or are you already worrying about trying to plan the "perfect" holiday events?