Annalise describes a fairly typical situation, and what goes through our minds when we try to decide whether to say anything at work: “Let’s take something as simple as, theoretically: “My therapist is booked because demand is so high. I need treatment but they only have morning appointments available.” That may wrack your employee with…
A little over a week ago, I came clean on my other blog, and social media. I admitted that I’m just really not OK.
If you’ve read the post, then you also know that when I mention mental health stigma, I’m not really talking about what happened with my workplace. No, that was exactly what I would want to happen. But, what I noticed was what happened kind of out in public, after the fact.
I think we can all see a lot of workplaces in this intro, so these resources can be very useful in helping us understand how to not let the stress of work ruin our health: “Work-related stress can get the best of us all. Emails, Slack messages, phones ringing off the hook, your co-worker dropping…
Isn’t it just possible that all those years of telling men to get over it, and quit complaining about their depression, has long-reaching effects across all of society, effects that can bite us all back when those same men are in a position of power? Maybe we want to think about coming up with a better way to help men of all ages deal with depression, so that they don’t grow up to have zero compassion for those who aren’t able to just “man up”?
That’s the damage of stigma. People who need a little support, a listening ear, a proverbially shoulder to cry on, don’t get it for fear of being judged.
And then, things escalate and just get worse, until they are forced to leave their profession.
Why should this be the case when we are all dealing with a pandemic and having struggles? Why do we still judge people who actually talk about it?
Nothing will change until we can eliminate the stigma that causes so many to not even talk about their struggles.
A lot of the concerns are about being in the same space, or using public transit to get to the office, which I think makes sense. But this is also interesting: “Four in 10 employees said that working from home during the coronavirus pandemic made them realise that they had a poor work-life balance before…