How important is mental health awareness for human resources professionals and employers, and how prevalent are mental health issues in the workplace? It’s extremely serious. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we consulate the National Alliance on Mental Health for some sobering statistics:
1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year.
1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34
As Forbes pointed out in a recent article, loneliness is the number two emotional issue for remote workers.
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we wanted to offer a few simple non-clinical suggestions for in-office, remote employees, and job seekers to consider to help keep stress levels low and motivation high.
Always be candid with yourself and your coworkers about workload.
If you’re feeling pressured, don’t be afraid to ask for some help with your tasks.
Bosses respect employees who ask for help, especially early in projects when there is time to react to staffing requirements, etc. Keep in mind that it’s never too early or too late to ask for assistance.
Job seekers need to keep their search for employment in perspective.
You are a valuable professional, and you will find a great job, so don’t stress about it. This is especially true If you have an excellent recruiter looking out for your best interests.
Stay connected with your coworkers and your team.
Friendships can be fleeting, or sometimes they can last a lifetime—you just never know. So reach out virtually or in person for social events, like happy hours, gamification events, etc.
Approach human resources if you feel you could use some professional support.
HR should treat you with concern and confidentiality. Find out what mental health resources and options are available for you, and take advantage of them. You have nothing to be afraid of or ashamed of.
Don’t leave your next career move to chance. Engage with the professional recruiting team at mCubed.
We can keep you out of the overcrowded web of job boards, job search engines, job aggregators, and career help sites.
Are you a candidate looking for a technology, engineering, or business operations job?
At mCubed Staffing, we help clients just like you find that perfect job every day! We might just have a great employer looking for a great candidate like you right now.
Call us today at (248) 817-2243, or get in touch online. Our expert recruiters are waiting for your call!