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Mental Health Should Be Everyone’s Priority

Mental Health Should Be Everyone’s Priority

Every year, one in 5 adults experience a mental illness in the United States1. Mental illnesses can have a wide range of effects on physical heath, relationships and school or job performance. Yet as a country we still struggle to acknowledge and address the importance of mental wellness. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) launch in 2019 of its Special Initiative for Mental Healtlh2019-2023): Universal Health Coverage for Mental Health is an important step to call attention to and provide support for mental health issues and work to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health globally.

In this Psychology Today article, Dr. Anton C. Bizzell, CEO of The Bizzell Group, offers suggestions on how businesses can support their employees’ mental health and strategies individuals can use for mental wellness, including taking a mental health day when you’re feeling mentally under the weather.

READ MORE: Every Day Should Be Mental Health Day

1Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. PEP20-07-01-001, NSDUH Series H-55). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/

Suicide Prevention Awareness: “Creating hope through action.”

Suicide Prevention Awareness: “Creating hope through action.”

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2021), suicide is the 10th leading cause of death and the 2nd leading cause of death in youth and young adults between the ages of 10-34 in the United States.These are startling statistics and highlight the importance of knowing the facts about suicide and suicide prevention. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions and false assumptions about suicide. To help those in crisis, everyone should take the time to learn the facts about suicide.

In this Psychology Today article, Dr. Anton C. Bizzell, CEO of The Bizzell Group, debunks some of the common false assumptions about suicide, identifies the triggers for suicide, and shares actions you can take and things you can say if someone is considering suicide.

READ MORE: Suicide Prevention Awareness: “Creating hope through action”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021). Facts About Suicide. Retrieved October 13, 2021, from: https://www.cdc.gov/suicide/facts/

Why Overdose Awareness Matters More Than Ever

Why Overdose Awareness Matters More Than Ever

International Overdose Awareness Day, August 31st, began in Australia 20 years ago to raise awareness of overdoses, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and remind us of the grief felt by the families and friends of those who have died due to substance use disorders (SUD). Today, International Overdose Awareness Day is recognized in more than 40 countries.

Isolation individuals have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental health and SUD challenges, and reduced access to supportive communities and behavioral health care. Substance use and overdose deaths have increased during the pandemic.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and others have developed approaches, tips, and guidance for managing your mental health during this time, as well as links for locating treatment for substance use disorders. Anton C. Bizzell, MD, President/CEO of The Bizzell Group, has dedicated his career to improving access to quality substance abuse, mental health, and medical treatment and prevention services, and writes about timely behavioral health solutions in his monthly Psychology Today column, Mind Your Health. You can make a difference too, by accessing these resources and promoting behavioral health in your community.

Read more: Why Overdose Awareness Matters More Than Ever

5 Tips for Developing COVID-19 Communications

5 Tips for Developing COVID-19 Communications

By: Trevis Cage and Eboni Jackson

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, communications professionals have been integrally involved in disseminating clear, accurate, and credible information vital to the public health response. COVID-19 created a global health crisis, necessitating a nimble process to respond to, evaluate, and communicate rapidly changing updates and developments. Communications professionals were tasked with keeping up with a continuous flow of new information and sharing this complex information with a broad audience.

Whether you are creating presentations, public service announcements, graphics, or reports, it is important to develop content that is clear, easy to understand, and tailored to the audience. At Bizzell, our experts recognize these challenges and developed tips to follow when developing COVID-19 communications products.

ALWAYS CREDIT YOUR SOURCE

Always credit your source clearly, especially when sharing numbers and statistical information. This not only identifies where the information originates but provides the audience with reassurance that the information being shared is accurate and trustworthy. Crediting and linking to your source also provides the audience with a resource to learn more and gain insights beyond what has been presented.

USE PLAIN LANGUAGE

Health information that includes medical jargon without explanations can be misunderstood or misinterpreted. When developing communication products, use clear, simple language and imagery, spelling out all acronyms upon first reference and providing context when necessary. It is also important to ensure graphics and other visual elements align with the topic or content. When possible, collaborate with an experienced graphic artist or health communications analyst to ensure illustrations are creative and appropriate to the topic.

CONSULT WITH AN EXPERT

Consult with an expert to review your materials and provide guidance on health literacy and appropriate language. Some topics may be technical in nature, so it is important to connect with a subject matter expert (SME) to guarantee that complex ideas are being relayed accurately and that you are providing the most clear and accessible information to the public.

INCLUDE A DISCLAIMER

Include a disclaimer at the bottom of your document. For example, a disclaimer can read, “this information is current as of…” or “please visit CDC.gov for more information.” This provides critical information on sourcing to the audience, as well as a mechanism for them to obtain updated information if applicable.

INCORPORATE LONGER REVIEW TIMES

Finally, incorporate longer review times into your timeline or schedule. Given the complexity of the topic, clients or leadership may need extra time to review your content before public distribution. Review or clearance processes may take longer than normal, so planning and accounting for this additional time helps to ensure you are prepared and avoid any delays in producing material.

While information regarding COVID-19 may continue to change, the use of these tactics will help ensure you are producing products that are clear, trustworthy, timely, and informative. Bizzell has experience developing health communications products and campaigns on various topics—including COVID-19. Learn more about Bizzell’s learning and engagement expertise HERE.