Have you ever woken up and knew the moment you opened your eyes (or even before) that you just couldn't make it to work?
It's happened to me.
There have definitely been days where I have been too anxious to leave my house... or my bed. Then, I would feel guilty for calling in sick to my job because I wasn't physically sick. I was mentally sick. Unfortunately, at the time, that didn't feel like a legitimate excuse.
Lucky for me those days have long past, and I'm hoping they never return.
Not Myself Today @ Work
But, see the image above? There are still 500,000 people who miss work every single day due to mental illness.
(The following info I've taken from the Not Myself Today website because it's just so perfect.)
In January, a major step forward was taken with the launch of a National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety which promotes good mental health, and prevents psychological harm in the workplace. That is an important start.
Now, the work to make real and lasting change begins. We need to get more and more companies on board and taking action to support mental health in the workplace. This is exactly what the new Partners for Mental Health campaign will focus on.
The Not Myself Today campaign was created to proactively deal with our mental health. Every one of us has had a day when we don't feel like ourselves. Now, imagine living with those feelings not just for one day, but many days - and the shame, discrimination, and lack of treatment and support that goes with it. This is especially critical at work - where so many of us spend so many hours a day.
The Not Myself Today campaign is designed to educate and engage Canadians on the issues of mental health in the workplace through the month of May, and culminates in a national Not Myself Day @ Work on June 6.
(Okay, now back to my words.)
How can you get involved in this campaign? Oh, there are so many ways! SO MANY!
1. You can get involved as a company or organization in three ways: Support, Engage, or Invest.
2. You can plan an event at your place of work.
3. You can share your own story about your experiences with mental health at your workplace.
4. You can pledge your support for mental health awareness and action in the workplace.
5. You can learn more about the importance of your mental health at work.
6. You can buy some cool merch!
7. You can create your own mood badge!
To learn more about this exciting campaign, starting May 9, 2013, visit the Not Myself Today or Partners for Mental Health websites!
(Photo sources: Not Myself Today)