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Mental Health First Aid and Leadership

November 11, 2020

By Ben Kimmel

New York, NY – With the elections somewhat behind us and calls for unity appearing in headlines around the Country, the future uncertainties still prove there are big problems for any administration to handle. The fact remains that Covid is still a threat. Both employers and employees are struggling with business and unemployment concerns. This means the call for appropriate leadership in the workplace is essential to personal, professional and financial wellness. In the interim, as the Country awaits the news of what the new year will look like, the focus in professional matters is neither about the left nor the right or the uncontrollable future. Instead, to avoid the purgatory of unsure matters, the call for leadership can be the game-changer.

Leadership is an energy as well as a strategic understanding of personal and interpersonal experience. There are good bosses and bad bosses. There are team players and selfishly, there are those on the team that only care for their personal interests. However, in the spirit of leadership, there are ways to steer the ship from any position and encourage a professional state of homeostasis.

As a leader, one asset that is helpful in team settings are the abilities to handle personal crises during the business hours. Although there is a separation between work life and homelife, personal challenges are unavoidable. Life happens to everyone; therefore, in the instance of personal emergencies, a strong leader will understand how to alleviate the crises until the crisis is resolved or the appropriate help arrives on the scene. 

Many leaders have undergone Mental Health First Aid training which allows them to become a powerful resource in the company. Especially now, losses and family matters are beyond unavoidable. Anxiety is high and more and more, the media reports about the rise in mental health issues.

The burden of mental health issues have become the highest of all disorders and reports show the results in loss of potential earnings are as low as $193 billion to well over $200 billion. Therefore, this financially proves the need to assign a leadership role with a capable understanding of Mental Health First Aid. 

This experience is crucial to revive our economy and establish wellness in the workplace. This experience will also prove that learning to address, listen, gather information, encourage and empower is what leaders do on a daily basis. However, in the case of mental or personal challenges, the same factors can help promote a stronger and safer workforce.

With some staff members grieving as a result of Covid losses and concerned employees that still look for the proper navigation to maneuver through trying times, a good leader is the strongest asset in any safe environment. It is this understanding that makes an effective team and differentiates between a good boss and a bad one.

Learn to listen.

Learn to encourage.

Learn to acknowledge.

Learn to support.

Learn to empower.

This is what a leader does.

Ben Kimmel is a proud member of the IUOE Local 94, as well as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Certified Recovery Coach, Certified Professional Life Coach, and Peer & Wellness Advocate.  Ben can be reached at bennyk1972@gmail.com.

 

November 11, 2020

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