Over 40% of adults suffered from anxiety and depression during the pandemic and even now, post-pandemic.
300M+ adults worldwide suffer from depression, yet less than one-third receive treatment, and even fewer in minority groups and older adults.
12% increase in productivity in the workplace when employers address mental health with their employees.
This data has brought to light the continued need for an increased push from everyone to decrease the stigma, for the need of mental health support.
Spotting early warning signs in yourself or your colleagues
Sick more frequently
Lower mood; less positive and upbeat than usual for more than one week
Decreased quality of work; little to no excitement for work
Mental Health Challenge
With empathy and understanding, be mindful of your colleagues and if you happen to notice any of the above symptoms. (This is not judgmental, we all deal with life’s trials and challenges.)
Ask your colleagues how they are doing, how work is going, how things are at home, how the work-life balance is treating them … anything. Just show you care and make the effort to reach out and ask them something.
Challenge: Check-in on at least one Bearcat colleague per week. In doing so, also challenge yourself to be vulnerable and share with someone if you feel you are struggling with anything. This may be with a colleague, a friend or a counselor. Talk therapy "getting things off your chest" is a known, successful therapeutic tool.
Challenge: Share something personal from your life, maybe a personal challenge you are working through. Vulnerability is key with mental health; we have to use discretion in sharing our vulnerabilities, as this is part of the human experience that connects us and will ultimately help lessen not only the stigma of mental health but also support anyone who needs help.