Mental Health Awareness
Mental health matters
High Profile Observes Mental Health Awareness Month
Since 1949 May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM). MHAM is typically celebrated in many ways through media, local and national events, and screenings. Our aim in observing MHAM is to spread awareness and educate people on the importance of mental health, especially in the workplace.
Defining Mental Health
According to MentalHealth.gov, “mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.”
In fact, there are many effects of Stress and Anxiety in the workplace, such as:
- Negatively impacted work performance
- Lack of communication and the ability to connect, develop and maintain relationships
- Reoccurring or excessive worry and fear
- Difficulty focusing
- Physical distress
Focusing on your mental health as a leader will directly affect your bottom line. Here’s why: the better we can be as people, the better we can be as employees, friends, and leaders. Take a look at some of the statistics surrounding mental health in the workplace!
Recommendations, Resources & Tools
Book recommendations from Mental Wellness Unleashed:
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: How We Can Learn to Fulfill Potential by Carol
- Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves
- Change Your Brain Change Your Life by Dr. Daniel Amen
- The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Dr. Norma Doidge
Mental Wellness Unleashed leverages social media to share free tools, techniques, and resources to support individuals personally and professionally! These are great tools that leaders can use with teams, families can leverage with family and friends, and most importantly, individuals can implement to care for themselves.
Mental Wellness Unleashed provides training programs, Lunch-N-Learn Series, and workshops grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques. The trainings are interactive, and participants walk away with tangible tools and action plans that can be implemented immediately. They can be customized and built to suit the particular needs of teams. Email Info@MentalWellnessUnleashed.com for the full course catalog.
Founded in 1909 by Clifford W. Beers, Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all. MHA’s programs and initiatives fulfill its mission of promoting mental health and preventing mental illness through advocacy, education, research, and services. MHA’s national office and its 200+ affiliates and associates around the country work every day to protect the rights and dignity of individuals with lived experience and ensure that peers and their voices are integrated into all areas of the organization.
Kristin Durney of Mental Wellness Unleashed and Bonnie Cook of Mental Health America of Greater Dallas discussed the importance of addressing mental health and how to navigate the topic in the workplace!