(Photo by Ryan Picarella)
What really determines good health? Can we truly be happy and reach well-being if we hate our jobs? If we are going through a divorce? If we are stretched too thin because of the demands of being caretakers for children or aging parents or both!? If we have a terrible boss? Back in 2015 WELCOA published an interview with an expert on these non-traditional determinants of health, Alexandra Drane. She argued that factors like those I just mentioned and more are the real barriers keeping us from living our best lives—and she has data to back it up.
“It is a good time for health promotion professionals to reflect on the impact that employees’ mental well-being has on their overall health and on the organization itself.”
Millions of Americans suffer from various types of mental illness and often times they go undiagnosed or untreated. With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, it is a good time for health promotion professionals to reflect on and have reverence for the impact that employees’ mental well-being has on their overall health and on the organization itself. A recent bit of research we just featured in WELCOA’s Well Informed newsletter suggests that when you factor in psychological and mental health factors into the medical model, the number of healthy individuals decreased from two-thirds to one half. This means that, according to the article, if we neglect to include mental health factors in our approach to promoting health and only look at physical health and absence of disease, we aren’t seeing the whole well-being picture and often times just end up treating the symptoms of a much larger problem.
A big part of WELCOA’s new brand and vision is taking a more holistic approach to well-being and providing you with resources and training for helping your employees not just become more healthy, but more happy and stress-free as well. This month, we invite you to take a look at these specific resources available to help you do just that.
Thank you for the work you have done to improve the lives of working people everywhere.
Ryan Picarella, President
Mental Health Resources
The Unmentionables: Expert Interview with Alexandra Drane
Getting a Good Night’s Sleep, Digital Detox and Mindfulness: Interview with Dr. Brian Luke Seaward
The Road to Wellness: Interview with Dr. Brian Luke Seaward
Training on the WELCOA Institute
Training Course: Encouraging Employees to Power Down
Training Course: A New Direction for Full Engagement in Life and Health
Training Course: Changing the Stress Mindset
Training Course: The Importance of Sleep
Certification Course: The Road to Wellness
Certification Course: Stress Prevention in Six Steps
Focus On the Positive: Interview with MJ Shaar
Stop Stress This Minute: Incentive Campaign
The Low Stress Diet: Employee Education Slide Deck
Letting Go of Stress: Employee Education Slide Deck
In Tune- Take Charge of Your Stress: Incentive Campaign