$32.3 billion dollars - the cost of depression on the Canadian economy
$17.3 billion dollars - the cost of anxiety on the Canadian economy
Today marks the start of Mental Health awareness week in Toronto! With the rising usage of social media in corporate and personal contexts, our focus this year is on raising awareness about mental health and social media. Are you a community manager? Do you manage a corporate social media account? Are you a social media guru? Blogger? Vlogger? Or regular Facebook checker? Then stay tuned this week to the blog and L&L Social channels for information, tips, personal stories, and strategies to maintain your mental health while using social media.
Awkward. Shy. Withdrawn. Unfriendly. Disinterested. Nervous. Quiet. Aloof.
These are all words that some of us may intensely identify with when social anxiety strikes. The good news is that these words are just words! … As in they do not define us as people, but are mere perceptions of ourselves that can be actively changed.
March is Nutrition month! A time of year where we can reflect on what we put in our mouths, and re-consider the purpose and impacts of the food we eat and how it affects our body. For nutrition month, we have rounded up some of our favourite posts on nutrition and the mental health benefits, and some tips to eat well at work! What will you try this month to spruce up your nutrition?
For this week we have rounded up some of our favourite posts with strategies that individuals can implement in the workplace to help improve their day to day mental health! What strategies are you implementing at work? Pick one that you could try today and see how you feel.
We at L&L Consulting are saddened by the recent death of top Chef Benoit Violier from the famous Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville. Chef Violier's suicide has once again drawn attention to the working conditions and lack of mental health supports available for chefs, and all those working in kitchens and restaurants.
When we picture a person in a position of leadership, certain traits usually come to mind: emotional stability, social boldness, self-assurance, i.e., someone who is thick-skinned.
It’s no surprise that in a society where mental illness is seen as a personal weakness, and where weaknesses are concealed at all costs, that we dismiss the idea that individuals suffering from mental illness can achieve leadership roles.
At times, mental illness can make getting out of bed and into the office a tremendous task on it’s own, but that’s not to say that having a mental illness doesn’t make you “leadership material”.
Articles in the Wall Street Journal, CBC News, and Forbes remind us of prominent leaders who battled with mental illness, including:
The authors describe how the qualities resulting from their mental illness actually helped them to be effective leaders. For example, “manic depressive people are often more creative, more empathetic and realistic than the more mentally healthy (…) these people tend to succeed in times of crisis” (The Associated Press, August, 2016), or “mildly depressed people (…) see the world more clearly” as depression “has been shown to encourage traits of realism and empathy” (Ghaemi, 2011).
Realism and a heightened sensitivity to others’ feelings are traits that can help any boss at work be more effective at their role. Though their qualities helped them through high-pressure times, that is not to say that having a mental illness makes things easier. These great individuals had their downfalls too, just like everyone will. What this does tell us is that mental illness doesn’t have to stop anyone from having goals of being a leader at work, school, or elsewhere.
The Associated Press. (2016). Some great leaders had mental illness and it may have helped. CBC News. http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/mental-illness-leaders-1.3717216
Ghaemi, N. (2011). Depression in command. The Wall Street Journal. http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424053111904800304576474451102761640
Allen, F. E. (2011). Does being seriously depressed make you a better leader? Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/frederickallen/2011/07/31/does-being-seriously-depressed-make-you-a-better-leader/#3445714e2625
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Saving money for retirement is on the radar for many working Canadians. According to the HSBC bank Future of Retirement study it was found that Canadians are more likely than anyone else in the world to say that financial worries are a serious impediment to retiring. Think about the impacts of this on our mental health as we age!
“Meditation is for hippies”.
“I can’t shut my brain off for long enough to ‘do’ meditation”.
“Sitting in an uncomfortable position while burning incense isn’t really my thing”.
… Sound familiar?
In a society addicted to getting things done and checking items off our to-do lists, there is something seemingly “weird” about silence and stillness in our culture.
While cognitive issues relating to brain injury remain stable or improve over time, mental health symptoms can have an onset that post-dates the injury, or fluctuate depending on mood (Brain Injury Help, 2015). In fact, those living with an acquired brain injury are often more susceptible than the general population to mental health issues such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression ...
How do you make the time each day to do your best work? Or organize your schedule in order to be more creative and productive? We all have our personal quirks that get us going in the morning, whether it be a routine cup of coffee, or a 20-minute treadmill session. Pondering about unique productivity hacks is what inspired me to pick up the book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey.
As the warm weather is approaching, we may be dreading that one daunting task that calls our name in the midst of April showers and blooming flowers ... that is spring cleaning! However, what you may not know is that all of that dusting, scrubbing, and roll-up-your sleeves worthy activity can serve us twofold. While spring cleaning has the obvious benefits of a tidied closet, a sparkling counter top, and open desk spaces, more importantly, it has been associated with improved mood, decreased stress and heightened creativity (Psychology Today, 2015). Let's face it, spring cleaning doesn’t just look good, it feels good.
The Guardian recently shared some staggering numbers related to mental health and work based on research completed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The financial impact of mental health in the workplace is a huge driver behind the work we do and the reasons companies focus on supporting mental health. These numbers are quite astonishing...