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就业创造者促进心理健康:教育、鼓励和赋权雇员

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e尊国际的企业和医疗保健社区之间的合作一直是促进北卡罗莱纳州人民福祉的关键. 最近,北卡罗来纳医疗保健协会(North Carolina Healthcare Association, NCHA)邀请我加入Novant Health的领导小组, Cone Health, UNC Health, 以及北卡精神病学协会e尊国际官网精神健康的虚拟市政厅, 我渴望参与到这次重要的对话中,为北卡罗来纳州的就业创造者和雇主提供观点. I was also proud to share your stories; you make employees’ holistic health the top priority every day.

e尊国际从各行各业的许多会员那里听说,他们正在实施员工健康战略,这将成为永久政策, like remote work options, flexible schedules, enhanced mental health / telehealth benefits, and support groups within the workplace setting. Job creators are being proactive 寻找防止员工倦怠的方法,比如提供弹性培训, mental health days, and resources for their families. 雇主们正在扩大eap等人力资源项目,以解决压力管理和改善睡眠的问题, 以及为受抚养儿童提供心理健康服务.

The NCHA town hall, held on October 7 and moderated by Dr. Nisha Mehta, 进一步揭示了雇主在维护北卡罗莱纳州人的心理健康方面所扮演的重要角色. 随着人们重返工作岗位,e尊国际的商界面临着员工焦虑情绪的急剧上升. Life-work balance, job security, caregiving responsibilities, and financial pressures are additional stressors, 哪些会导致抑郁和上瘾等重大健康问题. 你们将继续积极地寻找短期和长期的解决方案,帮助你们的员工获得精神健康支持, I hope to offer insight I gleaned from last week’s town hall.

Innovation is key to prevention and early intervention.

More than 450,000 在北卡罗来纳州,成年人和年轻人都患有严重的精神疾病. 精神疾病是可以治疗的,许多精神健康问题是可以预防的. Yet, 越来越多的北卡罗莱纳人因为没有得到早期护理而陷入危机状态. Rural regions are enduring extensive shortages of psychiatrists, therapists, counselors, 以及社会工作者——北卡罗莱纳州100个县中有94个缺少这些心理健康专家.

小组成员热烈地同意,在过去的18个月里,远程医疗技术已经成为扩大行为医疗服务范围的游戏改变者, especially across rural communities. When North Carolinians have access to virtual medical services, for physical and mental health care, 提供者可以提供预防性护理——降低急诊就诊成本并改善治疗结果. According to Robin Huffman, executive director of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association, “no show” rates have plummeted with the climb of telehealth; patients are attending their telepsych appointments.

全州的医疗保健提供者正在整合创新的干预工具,如人工智能和移动应用程序,以筛选患者的创伤后应激障碍的风险因素, substance use disorder, suicide, and other psychiatric concerns. One of the apps mentioned during the town hall, Ginger, provides patients with on-demand video therapy, virtual psychiatry sessions, and text-based behavioral coaching.

By investing in and promoting enhanced telehealth benefits, 雇主们正在为他们的员工及其家人培养一种积极主动的心理健康文化. NC室更新了其医疗包,增加了新的远程保健福利, so that staff seek treatment early for stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, or another concern. 当涉及到寻求心理健康帮助时,e尊国际必须教育、鼓励和授权e尊国际的员工. 北卡罗来纳州的就业创造者和雇主都在争取雇员的第一线, and even their families, 在预防保健和早期发现的道路上迈出第一步.

通过整合整个社区的精神和身体护理来停止污名化.

As Dr. Archana Kumar, 行为健康服务的医学主任和锥健康的精神病学住院医师项目主任, discussed at the town hall, 消除人们无法接受精神卫生服务的耻辱的一种方法是将精神卫生保健与体检和其他初级保健探访结合起来. 企业可以与医疗服务提供者合作,认可当地的健康中心, 精神卫生专业人员与初级保健实践联合的地方. 创造就业机会的人还可以与心理健康专业人员合作,教育主管和其他雇员识别常见工作场所心理健康状况的迹象,并使这些雇员能够作为知情的倡导者采取行动.

Biggest barrier to seeking support is lack of knowledge.

One comment, from Barbara-Ann Bybel, director, psychiatry services, and vice chair, psychiatry hospital services and integration at UNC Health, really stood out to me. 她说,即使是在卫生保健领域工作的员工也不总是知道去哪里寻求行为健康服务. And, stigmas, 特别是围绕成瘾和寻求药物滥用治疗, are still strong among medical professionals. Employers are essential partners for the health care community. 他们可以建立一个环境,让员工知道如何找到心理健康护理. 雇主可以为员工提供一个安全的空间,让他们明白讨论和寻求治疗永远不会对他们不利.

北卡罗来纳州的就业创造者意识到,他们可以通过促进心理健康对话和进一步提供如何接受帮助的信息,在他们的公司和社区内产生影响. NC商会将继续收集和分享企业正在实施的良好工作,以增强员工的心理健康工具和支持.

Additionally, as we care for our employees, e尊国际必须记住,也要照顾自己的心理健康需求. Thank you for always ensuring people are priority.

Sincerely,

Gary J. Salamido
NC Chamber President and CEO