Instead of focusing on romance this Valentine’s Day, consider reaching out with kindness.
According to research by Mental Health America, Oregon has one of the worst rates of mental health issues in the country.
“Mental health is a taboo subject in general, but especially at work,” said Liz Hill, Total Worker Health® advisor at SAIF. “Reduce that stigma by reaching out to your co-workers.”
Hill points out several factors that impact mental health this time of year. Cold, dark days can be tough for Oregonians, especially those dealing with seasonal affective disorder. Bills from the holiday season are due. And Valentine’s Day can underscore loneliness or loss for some.
Small gestures can make a big difference, according to Hill. Here are some ways you can reach out to a co-worker in need:
- Grab a cup of coffee or tea
- Go for a walk
- Ask how they’re doing, and just listen
You can also direct co-workers to your employee assistance program or the many community-based resources that are available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress through local crisis centers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
More information and 60-second stress break videos can be found at saif.com/relax.
SAIF is Oregon’s not-for-profit workers’ compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we’ve been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.