Mental Health Issues at Work

By Deanna Bonaparte

Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. He says, “But doctor.… I am Pagliacci.” Following the recent death of Robin Williams, the spotlight has been thrown on depression and those who suffer in silence. While many across the world listened incredulously as news of Williams’ depression broke – how could a man who built his career on bringing laughter to others be depressed? – there are others who may sit meekly or just as cheerily in their seats as they, too, skid down a slippery slope if not taken care of. Mental health issues – distant and abstract when they don’t touch our lives – are very real, and our everyday workspaces can be festering grounds for them. (Read More Here!)

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Co-Worker Meltdowns – How to Deal with Them?

By Durga Elamaran

Ever seen a colleague break down in the office, out of the blue? A sudden bout of crying and/or wailing can be precipitated by an endless stack of work to be completed or impossible clients to handle - the list of triggers is boundless.

Many of us may not know how to handle such an awkward situation, but it is indeed possible to minimise the impact of a co-worker’s meltdown. But before you can be of assistance, you must first be aware of the big picture. (Read More Here!)

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How To Reduce Stress at Work

By Julailah Wahid

Meet my best friend – the stress ball.

Believe me when I say that he has been with me through thick and thin. My muscles are put to work each time I squeeze his malleable form repeatedly for ten seconds or more. Suddenly, all the tension from my hands caused by prolonged and excessive keyboard typing is released.

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