Oct. 10 Is World Mental Health Day 2021: Mental Healthcare for All

The pandemic has had a major impact on mental health. Some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected and this year's World Mental Health Day recognizes that fact.
The pandemic has had a major impact on mental health. Some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected and this year’s World Mental Health Day recognizes that fact.

The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.” – Dr. Naomi Rachel Remen.

On World Mental Health Day, October 10, it will have been more than 18 months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the theme of World Mental Health Day is “Mental Health Care for All: Let’s Make It a Reality” (##WorldMentalHealthDay).

In some countries, life is returning to something close to “normal.” In other countries, rates of transmission and hospital admissions remain high, continuing to disrupt the lives … Read more...

A Darker Shade of Orange: How to Thoroughly Understand and Effectively Manage Autumn Anxiety

While some people enjoy the changing of the seasons (I happen to be one of them), I will say this: it’s not always an easy transition. You can often feel down – at least at the subconscious level – without even realizing it. It’s not always easy to comprehend, much less simple to identify the reasons why you feel the way that you do. If you’re anything like me, you somehow rationalize it and often dismiss it.

But that’s just pulling the wool over our own eyes, isn’t it?

If we actually took the time to research whether this is a legitimate condition or not, we’d realize that the answer – according to the experts in the field – is a reverberating yes.


Understanding the Science Behind it All


Before attempting to tackle the issue head on, it’s important to understand the issue in its entirety, starting from its true … Read more...

COVID-19 and Mental Health: Are Employers Prepared for Increased Employee Substance Misuse?

Employers should prepare for a surge in substance misuse issues and employee mental health issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Safety Council (NSC) is warning employers to prepare for a surge in addiction issues and is offering guidance to handle employee mental health issues related to the pandemic.

At least 30 states are reporting spikes in fatal opioid overdoses and ongoing concern about mental illness or substance use disorders, all in connection with COVID-19, according to the American Medical Association. To help employers address these interconnected issues, the NSC is calling on employers to prioritize employee stress, including emotional and mental health, both now and as they return employees to traditional work environments.

Prepare for an Increase in Substance Misuse

Additionally, NSC warns employers that they must prepare for an increase in substance misuse – one that could be a serious threat to worker safety. Substance misuse … Read more...