Executive Director's May 2023 Message
Have you noticed that it is increasingly common to have a conversation about mental health? Back in pre-pandemic times, mental health was often a taboo topic, or only mentioned in hushed tones. Rarely, would anyone want to admit they were struggling with a mental health condition that are more common than you realize. According to Mental Health America, “46 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life.”
Thanks to a new generation of influencers, celebrities and everyday people who had the courage to share their experience with mental health publicly, the topic is now brought into the open. It’s more common than ever to hear discussions about mental health amongst friends and in the media. As much as we try to normalize our attitudes and beliefs about mental health conditions, the stigma or negative or discriminatory attitude about mental illness still exists.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s a great time to check-in on yourself and those you care about. Our Well-Being team is focused on removing stigma around mental health this month, so if you need tips on how to talk to someone about mental health or if you want to learn how you can be more open to your loved ones when it comes to talking about mental health, visit the resource page.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, experiencing anxiety, rage or sleeplessness, you don’t have to tough it out. Active employees can call our Employee Assistance Program for a few free sessions or get a referral to services through your health plan. Retirees have access to support through your health plan. Everyone has unique needs, so there is no one size fits all solution. The important thing is to recognize when you or someone you love needs help and to get help.
Abbie Yant, RN, MA