Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace: Silently Suffering vs. Quietly Quitting
Everyday, members of our village community tell us the worrying ...
Everyday, members of our village community tell us the worrying thoughts they struggle with - many of which you can likely relate to. Work stress, family health or relationship difficulties, ...are many of the issues going on around us. These worrying thoughts can increase anxiety or now become a road block to you functioning on a daily basis, causing increased anxiety. What does having anxiety even mean? Sure, people worry. But worry can't make you sick, can it?
Worry is not the same thing as anxiety. Worry is transient and temporary, while anxiety is so much more permeable. It's an unstable current running beneath every aspect of your life. Sometimes the current is calm, almost like a millpond. Other times, the current is a mad, raging river, thrusting you headlong towards the waterfall looming ahead. Many of us are not equipped to handle this change in behavior and are told they have a mental health condition. Many of us do not understand what is going on and we get bad advice and read the wrong information.
Could it be we are a generation with mental health issues being raised by a generation who do not know enough about what a mental illness was?
There are so many misconceptions surrounding mental illnesses that there is little wonder that they so often go undiagnosed. Mental illness does not correspond to a person's age, ethnicity, or income level. Many people are biased when it comes to mental illness. They see those with mental health issues as outsiders, and in some cases, they believe mental illness is a result of deficient character. For these reasons, we are often reluctant to seek help for mental illness. The stigma surrounding mental health has persisted for centuries. We simply do not want to expose ourselves to misconceptions and prejudice by seeking treatment. Instead, too many make a worse choice. They choose to ignore the signs of worry and anxiety until the problems become too severe to manage.
Could this be a reason many in our workforce are suffering in silence? Join us to hear from Coach AK and Cristina Costa about their hands on experiences at Google.[+] Show More