Mental Health and the Workplace

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Did you know that depression is a “top driver of health care costs to employers”? Or that 1 in 5 employees suffers from some sort of mental health condition?

No? I didn’t either.

Every now and then I find a great article that I have to pass along. “Five Things Employers Need to Know About Mental Health” is such an article. Published online at, it outlines what every employer needs to know about mental health (hence the title 🙂 and goes on to give 6 steps in helping to provide a solution in the workplace.

It also provides a link to, a website whose goal suicide prevention in the workplace.

Check out both sites and start thinking about the problem before it becomes a crisis in your workplace.

Heat making you grumpy? It might not be the heat!

Most of us have noticed that people get grumpier and more irritable when the weather gets hot. We automatically assume that it’s because their uncomfortable because of the elevated temperatures but the truth is probably in what they’re drinking to alleviate that discomfort.

As temperatures rise, people tend to drink more, as they should. What they drink, however, is the problem. Slurpees, soda, sweetened ice tea, lemonade and other beverages with high sugar content are increasing being seeing as the source of irritability and general “bad moods”.

The latest medical research seems to point to refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup as a major contributor to depression, irritability, and generally not feeling good. The problem is that regularly ingesting refined sugar causes the brain to slowly shut down the production of endorphins (Those are the things that make you feel good). The more refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup you ingest the less endorphins you produce and the worse you feel.

The problem is that a lot of us have learned to “self-medicate” in an attempt to feel better and the medication we’ve learned to take is food, most of which is high in refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, hence the vicious downward spiral.

More studies are still being done regarding the toxic nature of refined sugar but the mounting body of evidence is suggesting that it is also one of the culprits in cancer as well as premature aging. The fact is that refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup has nothing positive going for it. They are empty calories, pure and simple.

So, as the temperatures climb, reach for water and electrolytes but pay close attention to the sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in the beverages that you consume. After all, the high temperatures are bad enough, don’t add to the problem by getting your brain to stop producing endorphins on top of it.