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Recognizing Mental Health Issues: What to Say and What to Do

By: Schatzie Brunner, Founder, New Way Now

We all notice when friends, family, or co-workers begin to behave differently. Maybe they suddenly have a short fuse. Or they might be much quieter than they have ever been in the past. Perhaps they are late getting to work, and their work product isn’t what it once was.

How many times have we noticed someone who seems to be different, and you can’t put your finger on just what the problem is.  That’s your cue to help instead of dismissing what you see as none of your business.  What if you knew what to say? Wouldn’t it make a difference in how you might approach the other person? Here are a couple of suggestions.

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Workplace Mental Health: Investing in People is a Smart Decision

By: Schatzie Brunner, Founder, New Way Now

Recently, I’ve been reading a lot about workplace mental health. And it is alarming how slow awareness and education have spread between both sides—employers and employees. Especially regarding the resources available to aid and improve well-being. A healthy workforce impacts more than just a company’s bottom line. While the mental health stigma is gradually reducing, a significant societal paradigm shift is on the horizon.

In the business world, management doesn’t seem to be connecting the dots when it comes to mental health and corporate health costs. Annually in the U.S., employers experience $44 billion each year, and depression costs the U.S. economy more than $210 billion annually. This cost is staggering. Consider the cost of overtime or a staffing agency to fill the gaps when an employee is absent from work. Or what about missing the opportunity to close a big deal because a sales representative is too distracted to work efficiently. When unhealthy workforce patterns are overlooked by management or proactive programs aren’t in place by organizations, a negative cycle grows that impacts performance, productivity, retention and more.

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Flashback to 1975: My Nervous Breakdown — The “Don’t Worry, I Can Handle It” Mentality Didn’t Work

By: Schatzie Brunner, Founder, New Way Now

It was the spring of 1975. I had been living in New York City for six years as a PR executive. I was at a cocktail party at a friend’s Fifth Avenue penthouse, enjoying a conversation with the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, trying to be as knowledgeable and erudite as he seemed to be.

Then in mid-sentence (I have no idea what I was talking about), I began to cry, which turned to sobs I could not contain.

My date, Bob, quickly escorted me to a nearby bedroom to try and help me relax and catch my breath. But I kept crying. In fact, I could not stop crying. Bob made our excuses, and we got into a cab headed for my apartment. I distinctly remember Bob asking me, “Are you having a nervous breakdown?” I couldn’t answer him at the time, but that was precisely what was happening. I continued to cry for the next five days and experienced the relentless physical pain of sleeplessness. It was torture.

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