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No Shame in Addressing Mental Health Issues

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
Dolly Parton

When mental health issues are so common, why is it that people are often reluctant to address them with colleagues? And if we do broach the topic, what’s the best way to do it? And how do we know what the boundaries are in these conversations?

Those are the kinds of questions addressed in the newest Exchange Reflections, “No Shame in Addressing Mental Health: Supporting Colleagues and Ourselves,” based on an article by M. Meghan Davidson. The author writes:

“Some polling has indicated that as many as 80 percent of adult workers in the United States are reporting mental health issues currently.” She goes on to say that while this statistic might be overwhelming, and is certainly the result of living through a global pandemic, there are ways to reach out to colleagues that are appropriate at any time. “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 not shame, nor should there be a stigma, associated with struggles in mental health.”

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