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Suffering health problems in silence

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More than half of workers believe their work status would be negatively affected if they sought treatment for a range of health problems, according to a recent poll by the American Psychiatric Association.

The percentage who fear the stigma of seeking treatment for:

  • Alcoholism: 73%
  • Depression: 62%
  • Diabetes: 55%
  • Heart disease: 54%

One way to change existing stigmas? Raise awareness.

At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, where mental health is part of its “social mission,” employee Beth Goldman developed lunchtime information sessions on depression for co-workers. Next, she convinced the board to require every leader at the company to attend a half-day workshop.

The way she made her business case: While only 10% of people may suffer from some form of depression, it impacts 100% on professional relationships.

Source: Psychiatric News

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