Employees’ mental well-being is as important as their physical health

December 06, 2019 11:44 AM
By Ari Lewis
Crain’s Cleveland Business

I heard devastating news this week about a close family friend who passed away at age 19. This inspired me to write about a very relevant topic in today’s workplace: mental-well being.

When someone we know has a physical illness such as cancer or a heart attack, the common reaction is, “What can we do?” When someone comes to us and says they are depressed or have an addiction, we look at them strangely and ask what is wrong with them.

Mental health is something with which I’ve personally struggled. Since age 11, I have suffered from debilitating anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder that resulted in symptoms as bad as auditory hallucinations. I’ve never publicly discussed this until today.

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