Mental Health at work is something that must be talked about. Instead of being stigmatized, it is an issue that is starting to be recognized and seen as something that needs to be addressed, dealt with and shared.
There’s a wonderful video of a conversation between Lady Gaga and Prince William discussing “Heads Together – #oktosay” addressing this very issue about speaking up about mental health. Instead of being stuck in the taboo about this sensitive subject they have shared very beautiful and personal experiences from their own lives in order to shed light on this subject and remove the shame and fear associated with it.
“Heads Together” is a mental health initiative in the UK spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative new mental health services. Its premise is to ensure that people feel comfortable with their own and their family and friend’s everyday mental health and well-being. What they have found, is that at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges are unresolved mental health issues and that too often, people are afraid to admit that they have issues let alone that they are struggling with these issues.
Being human we go through a myriad of experiences in our lives and the impact of stress, trauma and inflammation in turn, impacts our mental health to varying degrees. In some instances it’s mild, in others it’s debilitating. Regardless, it is very real, raw and impacts us all. It’s important that we address this highly prevalent issue head on and instead of stigmatizing others, create awareness about mental health and share our experiences so that it can be dealt with effectively and with care. Mental health issues affect everyone at some stage in their life. It can occur when we go through divorce, death of a loved one, have children, experience financial issues, disease or illness of oneself or a loved one, being involved in an accident and getting injured, addiction, making a career change, studying for an exam or a degree, bullying or sexual harassment, moving to a different location to live, etc.
It takes courage to speak about what is deemed to be taboo and highly personal, but unless we acknowledge and accept that mental health is part of our lives, just like disease or physical illness, we cannot begin the process of healing it nor dismantle the shame, fear and stigma associated with it.
According to the CDC, here in the US the cost of unresolved grief in the workplace is $75 Billion per year. Unresolved grief occurs after experiencing profound loss of any kind (e.g. death of a loved one) and the grieving process is avoided or not expressed for whatever reason. It can lead to health issues such as sleep disorders, issues with heart health, weakened immunity, cardiovascular issues, fatigue, stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, divorce, declined performance in the workplace etc.
From my own personal experience, this is something I can very much relate to. In a very short space of time, in 19 months, I lost my Dad, my brother and the love of my life, my life partner. Losing 3 of my most significant family members was beyond overwhelming.
When something like that happens, everything goes on hold. You can’t eat, you can’t sleep and it is becomes difficult just to function in your everyday life.
Has anything like this ever happened to you or to someone that you love?
How do you deal with this and get back on track?
Here’s a link to the video where I talk about my experience and how to heal from unresolved grief. I share how I dealt with this profound loss and how I overcame it.
Through the Trivedi Effect, I found the support I needed to help me move through this most difficult time. It helped me to feel connected to God and to feel like I was “held by the Divine” which was always very comforting. Having a small select group of people and friends that I could reach out and talk to at any time was also key. Realizing that you are not alone is hugely helpful. When we can acknowledge what we are going through and can accept it, we commence the healing process. It’s important to express whatever you are feeling, whether you do it by yourself or you have someone that’s close to you that you trust that you can share it with.
Sharing your experience, not only helps you move through grief and mental health issues it can also be inspirational for others going through the same thing.
Always seek the advice of your doctor or health practitioner, if you are experiencing any health issues.
Create a list of “resourceful people” that you can call upon in times of need including friends, family members, massage therapist, counselor, chiropractor, acupuncturist, homeopath, personal trainer, pastor etc. and call them and or spend time with them when needed.
Mental health is part of life – you can’t avoid it, even if you want to. By having the support you need, it helps you to move through the issues that you are facing and to come out on the other side with a life that’s deeper, richer, more meaningful and productive, where you can again embrace happiness and joy.
Lady Gaga + Prince William Conversation – Heads Together – #oktosay