October 11, 2017

"The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’ can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling."
~David Foster Wallace

The World Health Organization (WHO) published an article entitled, “Mental Health in the Workplace (October 10, 2017),” in honor of Mental Health Awareness Day.

“Globally,” says WHO, “more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Many of these people live with both.”

To read the whole article and how to help our workers or co-workers who might be struggling with depression and/or other mental health issues , please click on the link below.

Also, to get an idea of how prevalent mental illness is in the world, google the following article (sorry, the link isn't working) entitled, "World Mental Health Day 2017 By the Numbers (Fortune)," which appeared on the same day

as the above story.

Don't look away from your co-worker who might be suffering silently or thinking about hurting himself or herself. Lend a hand.

Wishing everyone robust mental & physical health.


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