Maintaining Mental Health
When someone has a mental illness, everyone in that person’s orbit is affected. Family members may feel overwhelmed. It’s common for them to feel guilty, helpless, frustrated, and even frightened. And because mental illness is often stigmatized, family members may feel isolated and alone.
In the workplace, the added stress of caring for a loved one with mental illness can erode productivity and cause absenteeism. Employees may miss work to deal with a mental health crisis and to make sure their loved one is keeping up with treatment.
Creating a culture of acceptance can help destigmatize mental illness and help employees feel supported. Use these communications pieces to remind your employees of their EAP benefit.
- An Understanding of Mental Illnesses Helps Overcome Stigma
- When a Loved One Has a Serious Mental Illness
- Understanding Mental Illness: Recognizing and Lessening Relapses