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Jul 30 2019

Mental Health in the Workplace Matters

What do you think of when you hear that someone is experiencing a mental illness? Some people lend an ear, some share their own experience, and others feel concern, confusion, or fear. Some even avoid those who are struggling with a challenge that is affecting the way they behave. But just like any other illness – everyone deserves care, help, and support.

When we are trying to cope with problems that affect the way we think about ourselves and interact with the world around us, our ability to function both at work and at home can become overwhelming. With the right supports a person can get back on a path to wellness.

Everyone faces challenging and worrying events in their lives. Sometimes circumstances can lead us to feel lonely, sad, or dis-empowered for an extended period of time, affecting our mental health. It’s important to understand that there are many diverse types of mental illness that affect people in different ways.

About 20% of Canadians are trying to cope with problems that are affecting their mental health. While most of the time we are able to handle these situations ourselves, sometimes we could benefit from additional support in an environment where personal problems can be confidentially addressed and resolved.

Yardstick Technologies believes mental health should never be treated with silence. We believe that it is as important to recognize and treat as any physical ailment. Mental health is central to all health, and we feel no one should have to struggle alone.

We recognize that timely access to qualified mental health care can make a huge difference when help is needed to overcome personal problems. By introducing an Employee and Family Assistance program with Homewood Health, we are able to provide professional counselling for our employees and their families. Our team and their families can access counsellors, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists as well as psychiatrists and addiction physicians.

Through Homewood Health, confidential counselling is available in a number of ways: face to face; by telephone; video calls; email or chat. Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all sorts of life’s challenges such as family issues; depression; addictions; grief; ageing parents; and financial problems, as well as coping with health issues or work related problems.

We want to provide an open and understanding environment with professionals who have experience with a wide range of personal issues. We are confident that this step into a public acknowledgement of mental health issues will improve the everyday atmosphere, with our employees and their families knowing that Yardstick cares.

Contact us with comments or concerns about this article or the information provided.

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