What is Mental Illness and how does it impact my employees or staff?
Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and addictive behaviors. Many people have mental health concerns from time to time.
Like cancer and heart disease, mental illness is a medical condition, and those who have mental disorders struggle to cope with everyday life because of their altered moods, thinking or behavior. Fortunately, treatment for mental illness or mental disorders can lead to recovery; and although treatment may include medication, it ideally also includes psychosocial therapies, support, and laughter therapy.
So as an employer how can I help my employees that may be dealing with mental illness?
Bottom-Line: Lighten up the workplace. Create a fun and relaxing place to unwind for awhile. Plan retreats, relaxation type events, and include an annual "Dose of Laughter Therapy."
Happy Employees = Productive Employees
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