I have spent the last 2 days sitting in a windowless room with 15 other people training to be a Mental Health First Aid Responder. It was a tough, but eye-opening 2 days.
It made me look back to how I as an HR professional have dealt with some employees in the past. Some situations I am proud of, some not so much.
With the recent events of celebrity suicide deaths, I felt the need to send the following email to the team:
We need to remove the stigma around mental health. All the statistics in the world that are quoted are so untrue – mental health is greatly under reported.
What’s brave, is stepping up and admitting you need help. This is not a weakness; this is courage and bravery. To open oneself in a selfless manner and admit they struggle – for all to see.
Well world, see MY wounds. I am not ashamed. I am not ashamed to admit that I struggle with mental health and sometimes anxiety. I am not ashamed to admit I suffer from Social Anxiety. There are some days I am not ok. There are some days where I am perfectly happy and content. I am medicated and I know when I have missed a day (most often because I fell asleep too fast). I have seen many mental health professionals over my 41 years. Your feelings are perfectly normal. It’s ok to not be ok.
“Not all wounds are visible” – unknown
Please seek help if you need it.