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Breaking Culture In Our Language Around Mental Health

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Recently, a client was explaining to me that she was concerned about someone who worked for her, because she had been visited by the police with regard to his mental health. It seems that a concerned family member had contacted them in fear that he was going to try to commit suicide.

My client was completely taken by surprise when they showed up and clearly still shaken when she was telling the story to me. She shared that when she discussed it with the co-worker who had recommended this man for the job, they both realized the missed signs, because they simply weren’t paying attention. She told her co-worker that despite the missed signs, she was comforted by the fact that she advocated for her employee by supplying the police officers with the names of a few hospitals that she knew were skilled in handling mental health concerns.

The co-worker expressed how badly he felt that he didn’t know there were issues going on and she replied, “That’s okay, you didn’t know he was losing his marbles.” She laughed a little when she said that to me and shared that she and her co-worker both chuckled a little when she said it. I find........

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