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Depressed at Work: How Co-workers Can Help

Depressed at Work: How Co-workers Can Help

Depressed at Work: How Co-workers Can Help
By Bob VandePol, MSW Although you might not know it, depression touches everyone in the workplace. Affecting nearly one in ten adults each year, depression is one of the top reasons for lost productivity, sick days taken and disability leave....

Coping with Stress at Work

Coping with Stress at Work

Everyone who has ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress. Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. In the short-term, you may experience pressure to meet a…

Contain the Crisis: Slowing Down Reactive Behavior

Contain the Crisis: Slowing Down Reactive Behavior
By Bob VandePol, MSW Have you ever noticed how tragedies so often lead to additional tragedies? When under the influence of the shock of traumatic stress, people - whether part of a family, an organization and/or a community - often...

Do You Know the D.A.N.G.E.R. Signs of Suicide?

Do You Know the D.A.N.G.E.R. Signs of Suicide?
By Bob Vandepol, MSW Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, killing 117 people every day. For each death, another 25 people attempt suicide. We are hearing about suicide in the news and in our...

10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of a Suicide

10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of a Suicide
By Bob VandePol, MSW Death powerfully jars our concept of the way life is supposed to be. That dissonance is multiplied when the death is by suicide. Following the tragedy of death by suicide, the workforce will include people whose...

Managing Your Stress During Change

Managing Your Stress During Change
By Bob VandePol, MSW Change can be stressful, and major life changes can be highly stressful whether negative…death in the family, divorce, job loss…or positive…relocating for a new job, marriage, the birth of a child. The following strategies can help...

Effective Crisis Leadership Following Suicide

Effective Crisis Leadership Following Suicide
By Bob VandePol, MSW When death by suicide strikes the workplace, employees immediately look to its leadership for direction. How leaders respond when all eyes are upon them offers both tremendous opportunity and serious risk for the subsequent outcomes. Do...

Who Do You Trust When the Going Gets Tough?

Who Do You Trust When the Going Gets Tough?
By Bob VandePol, MSW Close your eyes. Picture someone you trust. I truly, truly hope you were able to picture someone. If so, you likely smiled. Having trusting relationships is rewarding, generates a sense of peace and supports resilience during...

9 Tips for Supporting Someone After a Loved One Dies

9 Tips for Supporting Someone After a Loved One Dies
By Bob VandePol, MSW Supporting someone after a loved one dies provides a daunting challenge. Those you reach out to will never forget your response. Neither will you. The following suggestions have proven helpful: 1. Listening is the most effective communication tool....