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No Shame in Addressing Mental Health: How Can I Support My Colleagues?

by M. Meghan Davidson
March/April 2021
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Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the incidence of mental health problems among people in our communities and workplaces has increased at alarming rates. Some polling has indicated that as many as 80 percent of adult workers in the United States are reporting mental health issues currently (AJMC, 2020). More specifically, research has indicated that the most common psychological and physical health effects from the stressors and consequences of the pandemic include anxiety, depression, insomnia and headaches (Wang et al., 2020). Relatedly, rates of substance abuse and relapse, as well as incidences of domestic violence, have increased in light of COVID-19 and its resulting social isolation, myriad of stressors and fears (e.g., getting sick, losing a job, financial instability) (CDC, 2020). This information may be overwhelming to consider. As readers of Exchange, here are some ways you can support your employees, coworkers and colleagues.

Check-in and Communicate. Mental health is as important as physical health. If you encountered a colleague or employee who had the sniffles or a cough, you would likely inquire if they were feeling okay. The same should be true for mental health issues. There is no shame, nor should there be a stigma, associated with struggles in ...

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