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Mental Health in the Workplace

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Mental health conditions and stress are connected to many leading causes of disease and disability in society. In fact, 1 in 5 adults experience a mental health condition each year, and depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Protecting the mental well-being of the workforce is important for individuals’ physical health, social well-being and productivity. There are many factors in the workplace that influence the mental wellness of individual employees. Understanding and addressing factors that affect people’s mental wellness at work have several benefits, for both the workers and organization. Employees should raise matters of concern and seek guidance and support from their organization representative or use the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), if one is provided.

Mental well-being in the workplace is relevant to all employees and everyone can benefit from improved mental well-being at work. Addressing workplace mental health can help strengthen protective factors of employment, reduce risk factors for mental health conditions and improve general health. This information is intended to offer support to working people and raise awareness about mental health, reduce stigma and other barriers to care in the workplace and strengthen resilience to maintain wellness.

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Managing Mental Health in the Workplace 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Florida state employees have access to confidential EAP services at no cost to help balance personal and professional life. EAP services consist of counseling, family caregiving, legal, financial and convenience services, as well as access to online tools and information. Contact your organization’s EAP coordinator or human resources division to find out if EAP services are offered.

Support for Employees
Recognize what stress looks like, take steps to build your resilience and manage job stress, and know where to go if you need help.

I'm So Stressed Infographic
If you’re struggling to cope or the symptoms of your stress or anxiety begin to interfere with your everyday life, it may be time to talk to a professional. Find more information about stress and anxiety and getting help.

Managing Stress | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
Stress can be frequent and intense. Finding effective ways to deal with stress is crucial to living well.
Connect with NAMI in your journey to a stress-free life.

Stress Screener & Self-Help Tools | Mental Health America
Use this questionnaire and other tools to determine the degree of stress you are experiencing.

Wellness Toolbox - Action Plan for Prevention
Learn ways you can help yourself stay well when experiencing stress by developing an action
plan for prevention.
For more information on stress and your health go to: Stress | Florida Department of Health.

 

Mental Health and Well-being Apps and Videos 

Mindfulness Coach - Created by the Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD.
Practicing mindfulness means grounding yourself in the present moment. Mindfulness has been shown to be helpful for reducing stress and coping with unpleasant thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness Coach will help you practice mindfulness meditation. It includes education about mindfulness, practice exercises, strategies and support. Mindfulness Coach is for people who may be experiencing emotional distress and for those wanting to maintain healthy coping practices. FREE Mindfulness Coach download from: iTunes (iOS) and Google Play (Android).

COVID Coach Mobile App - The US Department of Veterans Affairs created an app for everyone–not limited to veterans and service members–to support self-care and overall mental health.

One Mind PsyberGuide | A Mental Health App Guide
Mental health and well-being apps can be an excellent tool in assisting people to live a mentally healthier life. These apps have an important role in delivering care, support, connection, and convenience to people in need and may provide just what you’re looking for.

Stress To Success - YouTube
Learn what stress is, its effect on our well-being and how to cope with it.

Box Breathing
Mindful breathing exercise with easy-to-follow visualization for relieving stress and improving wellness throughout the workday.

Yoga & Stretching
Guided yoga and stretching exercises can improve your mental and physical well-being.

Greater Good in Action
Happiness, resilience, connection, and kindness are skills that can be taught and developed over time -with practice. The practices in Greater Good in Action are for anyone who wants to improve their social and emotional well-being, or the well-being of others. The practices in Greater Good in Action are not a substitute for therapy or mental health. For mental health resources go to: Mental Health | Florida Department of Health.

Mind Matters
There are physical and mental health benefits of doing crossword puzzles, including releasing stress, improving one’s mood, memory and mental health. Try your skills at the below puzzles.

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Chronic Stress and Health 

Chronic or long-term stress can cause harmful health conditions to your immune or digestive system, cardiovascular health, and reproductive system. Also, sleep quality and undesired weight changes are common. Over time the strain on the body from stress can lead to serious health conditions. Chronic stress can raise blood pressure, triggering heart attacks and strokes, diabetes, and anxiety. For more information on caring for your health and wellness go to:

Diseases and Conditions | Florida Department of Health
The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.

Fitness 4Mind4Body: Diet and Nutrition | Mental Health America
The quality of food you eat can impact your overall physical and mental health. Eating nutritious foods can go a long way toward achieving a healthy lifestyle, so make every bite count.

Fitness 4Mind4Body: Sleep | Mental Health America
Your physical and emotional health depends so much on how rested you are. Sleep is fundamental to a healthy mind and body – getting a good night’s sleep can make a huge difference in your overall health.

Tobacco Free Florida | Smoking Cessation Information & Programs
Smoking Cessation programs can benefit employees by improving their health and benefit organizations by reducing breaktimes and health care costs. Learn how to quit smoking.