Honoring National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Business associates sitting attentively at seminarIn 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives named July “Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month,” with the aim of improving access to, and increasing awareness of, mental health treatment for multicultural communities. Health Net provides the following tips to help employers and companies promote good mental health in the workplace for diverse employee populations.

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Are You Allergic to Your Workplace?

Woman sneezingSpring is in the air, which means it’s peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, of which there are many. In fact, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America – which has designated May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month – asthma affects more than 25-million Americans, and over 50-million Americans contend with a variety of allergies. Continue reading

Job Burnout: How to Spot It and Take Action

depressed employeeJob burnout is a special type of job stress — a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work. If you think you might be experiencing job burnout, take a closer look at the phenomenon. What you learn may help you face the problem and take action before job burnout affects your health. Continue reading

How to Recognize Depression

Business associates sitting attentively at seminarDid you know that October 6–10 is Mental Illness Awareness Week and October 9 is National Depression Screening Day? With those important dates in mind, your clients (and their employees) may find the following tips on recognizing depression timely.

Information is provided by MHN – Health Net Inc.’s behavioral health subsidiary.

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Helping Your Managers Manage

Looking to become leaders in their industryEffective managers are critical to an organization’s success. Managers must maintain and support both the technical performance and interpersonal relationships of their team members. Through these efforts, skilled managers can attract talent and boost performance, engagement and retention. An ineffective manager, on the other hand, can detract from departmental efficacy, significantly costing organizations money in turnover costs and missed opportunities for employee contribution.

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Feeling the Pinch?

feeling-the-pinch-iStock_000014023045Small-300x232Are your employees under financial stress? According to a 2013 study on employee financial stress, 83 percent of employees reported feeling the stress of financial burdens. Financial stress doesn’t just affect employees. It also impacts employers. A 2010 Federal Reserve study revealed that employee financial stress costs employers an average of $5,000 per year per employee in lost productivity.

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For Your Employees: Tips for Reducing Worry

Business TalksWatch the news these days and you’ll most likely hear about nations at war, a natural disaster, a grim jobs report or crime in your neighborhood. In our connected world, 24/7 access to information can expose us to an ongoing stream of bad news.

In an unpredictable world, how can we learn to ease our worries? Consider these tips. Continue reading

Stamp Out Stigma

MHN, Health Net’s Behavioral Health Subsidiary, Is Working to “Stamp Out Stigma” against Mental Illness

 

In recognition of Mental Health Month, which kicked off May 1, MHN, the behavioral health subsidiary of Health Net, Inc., has joined with other members of the Association of Behavioral Health and Wellness to promote the Stamp Out Stigma campaign. The campaign is aimed at reaching more than 1,000,000 people in 2014 in order to change perceptions and reduce the stigma of mental illness and substance use disorders.

 

The Stamp Out Stigma campaign will use a website and active social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest, to:

  • Recognize the prevalence of mental illness and substance use disorders;
  • Reeducate ourselves, friends and family on the truths of mental illness and addiction; and
  • Reduce the stigma of mental illness and addiction, and thus, transform lives.

MHN joins the ABHW in asking people to take the Stamp Out Stigma pledge.

To learn more about MHN, please visit MHN’s website at www.mhn.com, call 1-800-327-7526 or email productinfo@mhn.com.

 

 

 

The Verdict: Employee Legal Issues Drain Productivity

Have you – or has someone you know – recently dealt with a legal issue? The answer is probably yes.

 

In fact, a study called Legal Woes found that 74 percent of individuals experienced at least one legal life event in the past year.

 

From car accidents to child custody issues, a legal life event involves contractual, financial or other issues where legal assistance would be helpful, such as for legal documents or court appearances. Continue reading