It is safe to say we all experience feelings of stress and anxiety on a regular basis. Our lives are busy, we have numerous responsibilities and everything from the health and safety of our loved ones to our financial futures and the very state of the world we live in can weigh heavily on our minds every single day. So what do we do with all of this stress? How do we keep it from getting out of control? How do we stop it from having a negative impact on our mental health?

Stress management is obviously a personal matter. Some people choose a physical activity to help them decompress, others seek distraction in books, movies or TV. Many people talk to friends and family members about their day-to-day concerns, but some feel they don’t have an outlet and end up keeping it all inside. The big question is: what is all of this doing to our mental health?

Let’s talk about it  While discussions about mental health have become more common recently, many would say it is still a relatively taboo subject in our society. Those experiencing mental health issues may be faced with two major obstacles blocking them from getting the help they need: they may not have the tools or information necessary to actually determine what their issues are, and they may feel uneasy about letting people know they are suffering. Words like “crazy” are still tossed around very casually, and people with mental health instability may worry about being labelled if they admit to having a problem.

What is mental health?  Mental health is described as a level of psychological well-being. Mental health issues can be identified as anything from long-term effects of stress and unhappiness to an actual mental health crisis that may cause acute problems in a person’s life. An increasing awareness of this societal issue has led to the formation of various support groups and government supported initiatives such as the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). These organizations aim to inform people of the signs of mental health issues, the risks associated, the steps to take towards prevention and the options for offering support and aid to those suffering.

Mental health in the workplace   A clear connection can often be made between a person’s general stress levels and their work environment. While not all stress comes from work, many people experience high levels of stress, anxiety and/or depression as a result of their work environment, the demands made upon them at their job and the relationships they have with colleagues. Because most of us spend the majority of our time at work, it is certainly worth taking a look at the impact our work environment may be having on our mental health. Communication is key  At Connect&GO, we feel open communication can go a long way towards making sure employees feel comfortable at work. We know that each of our team members has his or her own life outside of the office, and we make an effort to accommodate each person’s unique needs. Our management team is aware of the impact mental health issues can have on an employee’s productivity, their relationships with co-workers and their willingness to stay within the company. All employees are encouraged to take stock of their own mental health, and to communicate with a manager if they feel that a work issue is negatively impacting their mental state. It is important to all of us that we remove the stigma associated with mental health issues, and we invite communication about the topic during team meetings as well as private consultations between employees and managers.

Mental Health Organizations in Montreal