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How to Be an Advocate for Mental Health at Work

First of all, learn about what mental illness is and is not. Treatment varies depending on a wide range of variables. Mental health is a spectrum and we are all on the spectrum. Use trusted sources to do your own research such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the American Psychiatric Association.

Due to the stigma surrounding mental illness, it can be difficult for a coworker with declining mental health to reach out for help. If you notice someone is struggling be the one to reach out first and let them know you can help them find assistance.

Mental health problems are often not taken seriously as physical health problems. Don’t let your own mental health decline and ignore symptoms saying, “I’m just having a bad day” if you had a nagging cold for weeks you would go see a doctor. If you are plagued by “bad days” then you should also go see a doctor. Advocate for your own mental health and seek treatment when you need it.

Finally, keep the conversation going. Share mental health information with friends, family, and co-workers so that no one has to feel ashamed of needing support.

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