Mental Health Workshop for Worksites June 25th

Take a moment and think about the information that you are surrounded with on a daily basis. There is more rain in the forecast, which could mean more flooding; crop prices are low; motor vehicle crashes and deaths are on the rise during the summer months; families are struggling to make ends meet; bullying via social media is present; your neighbor down the road is lonely; this list could go on and on.

All of the stresses in life can make us down. A national number is that 1 in 5 adults struggle with their mental health. Middle age men are at the highest risk for feeling down or depressed.

It’s important to remember that no one is happy or feels good about themselves all day every day. But we need to ask ourselves how we deal with life most of time. How can we get through the tough times? Remember that some things are out of your control, and find the courage to adapt to change.

For those who are going through a rough time, there are places and people who will help. Seek support from family, friends, and your community. Churches, counselors, doctors, and your local health department are available to help.

It’s important for all of us to be present and listen to others when they are depressed or overwhelmed with life. We need to offer our support, listen, and help connect people to the resources that may assist them.

Four Corners Health Department is offering an upcoming workshop specifically for worksites on mental health related issues. The workshop is Tuesday, June 25 and will be particularly helpful to those working in human resources, in leadership positions, in agriculture, and in health and safety positions. The workshop will guide participants through a variety of topics, all to help them create a more mental health friendly workplace.

Topics include: Stress and its effects on employee health, Substance use issues in the workplace, Identifying risk for violence, Employers role in preventing suicide, Caring for employees after a suicide, and Being a mental health friendly worksite. The workshop time also will include resources, such as policy samples, and networking time during lunch.

The speakers invited for this day are experts in their field. We are encouraging businesses of all sizes to participate in this workshop. The fee is $20, for the workshop, lunch, and materials. The location is Seward Family Medical Center. To learn more and to register, go to http://www.fourcorners.ne.gov/upcoming-events-workshops.

For questions, please call Four Corners Health Department at 402-362-2621 (toll free 877-337-3573) or email info@fourcorners.ne.gov .