Mental Health in the Media
Mental Health is an inconvenience that only the rich and famous can afford. Brittney Spears enters a mental health facility, Ariana Grande posts pictures of her brain scans to highlight how she is struggling with her PTSD, and Demi Lavato completes a 60 day stint in rehab. Managing their mental health is in the mainstream.
Everyday, mental health issues are being highlighted in pop culture. It’s such an important topic and so valuable for awareness. Every story helps us to get one step closer to really addressing the issues that everyday people face. Does Being famous allow these people to publicly struggle with mental health and access the services they need? Every time they hit rock bottom, they get to turn their breakdowns into a comeback story. My clients, friends, or co-workers would ever be able to do this. The stories of Brittney and Demi would play out way differently in the average persons life. Sadly, managing mental health is a luxury that most of us just don’t have.
Real Life Mental Crisis
We don’t get to have mental health crisis. We don’t get to take time away to take care of ourselves. Most of us can’t put our jobs on hold to really hand what is going on in our life. I can’t go days without a paycheck and I sure as shit am not confident that my job will not hold it against me.
Mental health in the workplace is a tricky beast. Thankfully, mental health disabilities are protected under the ADA and accommodations can be provided to help employees keep their jobs. While there are protections in place for employees in the workplace, who’s to say that “at will” employers will follow the guidelines or won’t begin to target the employee.
Another hugely important area is mental health in the military. They have a whole other set of rules. That is an entirely different beast and definitely worth a post of its own.
What Are Your Experiences?
I’m curious what other’s experiences with mental health hospitalizations and their workplace. Have your employers been supportive or did those employees become targets?