Transforming Theory into Practice: The Importance of Highly Engaged Leadership in Managing the Mental Health of their Employees

In the words of clinical psychologist and author Noam Shpancer, “Mental health is not a destination, but a process.”

This process varies from individual to individual and is directly impacted by environment and personal circumstances. More importantly, it’s not a journey that can always be solved alone—whether in your personal life or at work.

While it is complicated and multi-faceted, it warrants taking the time to understand it in depth.


The Current Definition of Mental Health


Historically, the definition of mental health was myopic in nature. Today, however, it has transformed into something broader. According to the World Health Organization, the definition of mental health is “more than just the absence of mental disorders or disabilities. Peak mental health is about not only avoiding active conditions but also looking after ongoing wellness and happiness.”

Now that we have a more accurate view, let’s take a look at how serious an … 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...

Safe + Sound Week: Redefining Health – Achieving Completion by Incorporating Mental Health

In the words of acclaimed poet Robert Frost: “the best way out is always through.”

While that saying can be applied to many different things, I found it especially relevant to that of the perception of mental health. It is an area which not only has been underestimated or downplayed for years, but also has been deemed unsolvable. In recent years, it’s become more than evident that neither of these schools of thought are accurate.

Full disclosure: I’m not a professional in the mental health field. I am, however, a professional in the ESHQ software space and the H in EHSQ represents health. Recently, EHS practitioners are learning “health” now includes mental health.

More importantly though, this topic hits home for me. In my close network of family and friends, two people have been afflicted with mental health-related issues. As such, I’ve seen firsthand how it not only impacts them … Read more...

Making Your Working from Home Routine Work for You: 10 Tips and Tricks to Help Keep You Productive and Healthy

How to maximize your efforts when working from home.

Did you know that in the United States alone, even before COVID-19, over 5 million people, representing about 4% of the total population, work from home at least 50% of the time? In fact, some experts predict that in less than 20 years, over 70% of corporate employees will be working remotely. With COVID-19 quarantine as a part of our reality today, for many, working from home has gone from being an option to the only choice we have.    

So what does this mean, exactly? For starters, that it is not a temporary fad.  It also means is that while it is important to prepare for telecommuting (particularly for those of you who haven’t done so yet), it is equally as important to understand how best to do so, while remaining productive and active.

What Organizations are Doing to Adapt to Read more...

OSHA’s HazCom Requirements, FAA to Study Pilot’s Mental Health and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Campbell’s Soup Expands Fertilizer Optimization Programs
  • OSHA’s Revised HazCom Requirements Now in Effect
  • Aviation Experts to Study Pilots’ Emotional, Mental Health

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Campbell Soup Company joins EDF initiative to reduce environmental impact of food production. Click here
  • OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Website. Click here.
  • FAA Will Study Pilots’ Mental Health. Click here

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Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health Week is May 4-10, 2015, and many take this opportunity to discuss how to best support those who are living with mental illness, or to work to reduce the stigma around mental illness. Mental health in the workplace is another important theme that’s popping up more and more these days.

Canadian statistics show that at least 20 percent of the population will experience mental illness at some point in our lives. But what about those other four people in that statistic? Are they mentally healthy?

One concern is that by limiting the conversation to mental illness, we may not be opening ourselves up to the ways in which we can and should be promoting mental well-being throughout our lives and, yes, our workplaces.

While it is vital to provide a workplace free of discrimination and harassment, and to ensure accommodations are made for mental illness where they … Read more...

Mental Health Month, New BSEE Regulations, California GHG Reduction and More!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Mental Health Month
  • Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
  • New BSEE Regulations for U.S. Offshore Oil
  • California Green House Gas Emissions Cuts

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • May is Mental Health Month. Click here
  • Motorcycle Tips for Workers. Click here.
  • New BSEE Regulations for U.S. Offshore Oil. Click here
  • California Targets Green House Gas Reduction. Click here

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Deadly Explosion at Factory in China, Contaminated drinking water banned in Lake Erie, NIOSH Tips for Worker Posture and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

  • Deadly accident at Chinese factory exposes poor safety conditions
  • FRA proposes to extend drug and alcohol regulations to maintenance-of-way workers
  • Mental health professionals face high threat of workplace violence
  • NIOSH offers tips to improve worker posture
  • Contaminated Lake Erie drinking water linked to fertilizer chemical runoff

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • FRA proposed rule to extend scope of alcohol and drug regulations. View it here.
  • NIOSH report on worker posture. Read it here.
  • International
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Canada Takes Mental Health Seriously

A new national standard for workplace safety was released today in Canada. The first of its kind in the world, the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (CSA Z1003) is a voluntary standard that addresses a growing concern in the workplace – mental health.

With the support of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the standard was developed jointly by the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) and the Bureau de normalisation du Quebec (BNQ) and its goal is to guide Canadian employers in creating workplaces that are psychologically safe and healthy.

When it comes to the workplace, the implications of mental illness are complex and extensive. MHCC President and CEO, Louise Bradley, has stated that mental illness costs the Canadian economy an estimated $51 billion annually, and that almost $20 billion of that comes from workplace losses.

Mental illness accounts for almost 30 percent … Read more...

Support for Movember at Intelex keeps growing

Do you hear that?  Yes that’s right, men around the world who are parting with their mustaches are weeping. Movember is now over but here at Intelex we have reason to cheer.

Last year about 12 Intelexians united to grow mustaches for the month of November to help raise money for men’s health awareness. During that run we raised $2,500, a sum Intelex President and CEO Mark Jaine matched for a total of $5,000.

This year the men at Intelex were ready to beat last year’s record and take the challenge to another level. That’s right, the ‘Mo Bros’ worked hard to gain every donation and with about 24 members this year we were ready with mustache combs in hand. Between leveraging Internet memes and internal campaigning, we used everything from cats to boots (no, not puss and boots) to boost awareness of our campaign. Every creative idea and … Read more...