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Safety News Roundup for Mental Health Month

May 7, 2021
A look at how you can help support your workers' mental health, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

May has been designated as Mental Health Month. This year, it hits differently.

We’re 14 months into a global pandemic. We’ve been faced with unending challenges, disruptions and concerns. Amid all of this, protecting our mental health and that of our co-workers is even more important.

EHS Today has written at length about keeping workers safe, body and mind. Because what affects the mind often has a way of affecting the body, that can lead to even more difficulties for workers.

Here is a roundup of recent articles about how to help workers stay strong and resilient, how to broach this important topic and recommendations for resources.  

Although we’ve been socially distant for much of the last year, you are not alone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK.

If there’s anything EHS Today can do to support you and your workforce at this time, please let us know in the comments. We’re all in this together, and we want to all get through this together, too.

Workforce Depression High Due to Pandemic

New Gartner study advises companies to "respond to all facets of the individual, from the physical to the emotional, and address some of the new stressors that have emerged over the past year."

Video Highlights from SLC 2020: Mental Health and Suicide Awareness in Construction

In this video presentation, learn how to identify suicidal risk factors among your employees to keep them in a safe state of mind.

Running Against the Wind

We need to ensure that employee mental health is a top priority at our companies and organizations--now more than ever.

Burnout is More of a Systemic Workplace Issue than an Employee Issue

The structure of the workplace is a main driver of employee burnout.

Employers Need to Address Women’s Mental Health

One-fourth of female employees are considering leaving the workforce or downshifting careers.

CDC Updates COVID-19 Guidelines for Construction Industry

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers employers and employees recommendations for mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Helping Employees Through Stressful Times

Communication is what prevents those initial feelings of pressure, anxiety or demotivation from becoming mental health problems like burnout, says well-being consultant Angela Knox.

Make Time for Your Mental Health

Prioritizing yourself is always important but especially so as the COVID-19 pandemic draws on.

How to Help Employees with Mental Health Issues

COVID-19 fallout creates greater awareness of psychological problems.

Some Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress

Trying new activities, new routines and finding ways to contribute to your community are effective ways to lower stress.

A New Workforce Program to Deal With Mental Health Issues

Resources such as Psych Hub can offer assistance to employees dealing with issues arising from the pandemic.

What Employers Can Do to Address the Issue of Suicide

EAPs and training can provide support for this very pervasive mental health issue.

The Not-So-Silent Fallout from COVID-19—Stress

Acknowledging the emotional part of dealing with this pandemic is a huge stepping stone to delving further into the area of mental health.

Help Them If You Can—They’re Feeling Down

In this era of COVID-19, ensuring the mental health of workers is just as important as their physical health.

COVID on the Mind: Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace

The impact of COVID-19 is prompting employee wellness programs to look more closely at mental health.

5 Ways to Reduce Stress and Boost Immune System While Social Distancing

These strategies can help safety leaders and their employees maintain their mental and physical health in light of mounting stress from COVID-19.

Keeping Mentally Healthy During the Virus Outbreak

Understanding how you are feeling and how you can mitigate your circumstances helps in dealing with this crisis.

It’s All in Your Mind

Safety leaders need to be able to identify and address mental health issues sooner rather than later.

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