Stigma is real. 80% of people living with mental illness never reach out or receive support.
Mental illness isn't something we can test the same way we can test blood sugar levels for diabetes. Each condition has its own set of unique symptoms, and they often overlap. Common sign and/or symptoms may include:
Sudden Behavior Changes
We all experience low mental health, but when it lasts for extended periods of time and impacts our behavior, it's important to be aware.
Extreme Feelings of Sadness, Worry or Fear
Intense feelings may make it difficult to manage everyday life, for example, preparing
food, getting ready, and washing regularly.
Cluttered Thinking or Inability to Focus
It may be difficult to concentrate and remember things, which may include feelings of paranoia and irrational thoughts.
Excessive Drug or Alcohol Use
As it becomes increasingly harder to cope with stress and daily issues, drugs and
alcohol become an escape.
Changes in Physical Health and Sleep
It may become difficult to calm down and rest the body, which can negatively impact
the immune system.
Increased Anger or Irritability
Mental illness can cause people to become impatient, have a shorter fuse, and lose
control of their emotions.
Drop in Productivity or Cooperation
It impacts absenteeism, presenteeism, one's ability to complete tasks, and work
with others effectively.
What can you do?
Be A Better Listener
Be Present - Get out of your head and into your heart.
Be curious - Walk in their shoes from their perspective.
Be Open - Make it about them without advice giving.
Be Still - Let go of any agendas or expectations.
You don't have to fix anything
When it comes to supporting your team's emotional wellbeing, your job is to make yourself available and then listen. Rather than trying to fix or solve their problems, refer them to the trained professional.
Download and print warning signs and symptoms below
Sources | NAMI, SAMHSA, Mayo Clinic, and Blunovus Care, Inc.