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Health Promotion Programs – Stress Management and Mental Health
Many simple wellness activities and practices can help workers understand the role stress plays in effecting health, safety, and productivity. It’s necessary to help workers understand simple stress management strategies for decling stress levels.
o Stress kit check out. Have stress management tools available for employee use during a scheduled break time. Consider providing relaxation music or programs including player and headphones; mat or blanket to lie on; neck pillow; eye mask; and stress massage rollers.
o Offer a stress management brown bag event at which staff members can try different types stress management tools.
o Be certain to encourage workforce to take 10-minute relaxation/exercise breaks. Post reminders.
o Give a comfortable worker break area.
o Designate a “quiet room” for meditation and relaxation, if possible.
o Be sure to work with Management to keep supervisors informed about the effects of stress in the workplace. Supervisors are often the first step in assisting employees find different ways of managing work related stressors.
o Contact the Worker Assistance Provider (EAP) for a variety of stress management information and self-assessments.
o Offer stress management self-assessments to interested employees. Follow these up with a stress management videotape, a brown bag presentation, or a community guest speaker.
Emotions and psychological health greatly affect overall health and well-being. Every wellness program should incorporate some services, programs, resources or activities to address psychological health issues.
Mental health topics may be sensitive areas for staff. Consequently, it is crucial to provide information in a selection of ways, worksite presentations being just one possibility.
For instance, put domestic violence resource cards in the restrooms to provide useful information in a private establishing that does not embarrass anyone. Other considerations include -
o When planning to offer an oratory event or presentation a neutral class title will ensure potential participants won’t be put off by the name.
For instance, “Parenting in 2004″, “Positive Parenting”, or “Parent Univ.” is much more appealing than “Stress and Parenting”.
o Be certain to allot enough time when hosting EAP/mental health seminars for a question and answer session so participants may ask specific questions.
Always remind participants that individual help is available through the EAP also through their health benefits. Give written contact information for your EAP, but do so discretely.
o The Worker Assistance Program (EAP) is an great partner and resource for wellness programming in these areas. The employee assistance program (EAP) can help find ways to address mental health, stress, coping, and other related issues.