Mental health is a crucial factor in productivity and emotional well-being. Particularly in times of stress, it’s important to maintain awareness of mental health conditions, to educate people about the range of symptoms, and to reduce the stigma. Physical health issues such as broken bones are rarely questioned, but this is not the case with the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions. The COVID-19 global pandemic and its associated disruptions have triggered symptoms such as anxiety and depression in employees and staff. Working remotely or being deemed essential and not being able to work from home, fearing for the health and safety of one’s self, family, and friends, or being concerned about losing a job are all factors that can make community members vulnerable to mental health crises.
Now more than ever, it is important to check in with one another and encourage self-care, both physically AND mentally. With real-time two-way communication, LiveSafe helps promote mental health awareness and keep community members safe, while also providing easy access to both organization-specific and national mental health resources.
Use this Toolkit to provide your organization with resources for mental health awareness.
SAFETY TOOLS FOR MENTAL HEALTH
|Mental Health Awareness Infographic presents staggering statistics about mental health illness and experiences in the U.S.||Share this infographic with your community to build awareness of the prevalence of mental health conditions and to encourage those who need help to reach out.|
|“Protecting Your Workforce’s Mental Health During The Pandemic” Webinar discusses COVID-19’s impact on mental health and what companies can do to support workforce well-being and mental health.||Listen to and share the webinar, and discuss your organization’s current policies and procedures for supporting the mental well-being of employees and staff, especially during this challenging time.|
|“The Global Mental Health Epidemic and What It Means For The Future of Workplace Safety and Security” Blog discusses the need for business leaders to be aware of safety and security risks due to the increasing prevalence of mental health disorders around the world.||Read and share the blog, and identify how your company can do more to build awareness around mental health care and support the mental well-being of your employees.|
TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR EMPLOYEES WITH LIVESAFE
- Include mental health points of contact and supporting information in the “Resources” section of LiveSafe. Employees will be able to easily access these important resources while working remotely or in the field.
- Train Dashboard Administrators to respond to mental health tips. Set protocols and procedures for notification and escalation in the event of an emergency.
- Check in with your community regularly via broadcast messages to let your community know they are not alone. Provide direct links to resources in these messages. Reminder: broadcasts can be sent via the LiveSafe app, text message, or email.
- Encourage company leaders and team managers to check in with their employees to make sure everyone is taking care of their physical and mental well-being and are aware of resources available to them.