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Just how depressed are you? In this episode, Ashley and Andrea provide a free resource to help gauge the level of anxiety or depression you're feeling. They also give you new vocabulary words so you can pinpoint emotions and realistically address them. Finally, they share the actions you should take if you want to make it to 2021 with your sanity intact.  Spoiler alert: drink water and prioritize sleep are at the top of the list! Resources mentioned in this episode: The Feeling Wheel, Gottman Institute   MHA Mental Health Test Buy the book, There's an Elephant in Your Office, on our website elephantinyouroffice.com or on Amazon. Hire us to train your workforce on incorporating mental health into all kinds of businesses. Find us on social - Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
In this episode, Ashley and Andrea put forth the radical idea that reasonable accommodations are good for business! More specifically, they define psychiatric disability and explain how people living with mental health disorders qualify for accommodations at work under the ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act.  They also provide lots of examples of what a reasonable accommodation for mental health looks like in the business setting.  Andrea shares a word of caution about trying to address accommodation issues without the help of your HR staff.  Ashley explains why she sits behind the copy machine at work.   If you are a manager, owner, HR professional, or employee who wants to learn more about mental health and ADA laws, ask JAN. The Job Accommodation Network (referred to as JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. https://askjan.org/  Buy the book, There's an Elephant in Your Office, on our website elephantinyouroffice.com or on Amazon. Hire us to train your workforce on incorporating mental health into all kinds of businesses. Find us on social - Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains  Thumbnail image credit: BSIP / Universal Images Group / Getty Images. nZ4GRSbGcDwacqG20k81 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Is your workplace "posi-vibes only!"? Are you reminded on a daily basis to "just choose happiness" or "be more grateful - other people have it worse than you?" Although they seem harmless on the surface, these phrases are really dismissive attempts to ignore a person or situation. When taken too far, they can create a culture of toxic positivity.   In this episode, Ashley and Andrea talk about "toxic positivity" - what it means, where you find it, why it's especially harmful to people experiencing poor mental health, and what to do about it.  They share helpful tools to identify and address your real emotions, acknowledge struggle while maintaining progress, and one simple question to help your employees feel heard.   Resources and sources mentioned in the episode: The Gottman Institute Feeling Wheel;  What is “toxic positivity” and how to avoid it in the workplace, by Maddy Osman,  November 5, 2019, Zestful Blog;  ‘Toxic Positivity’ Is Real — and It’s a Big Problem During the Pandemic, by Simone M. Scully, July 22, 2020, Healthline; TOXIC POSITIVITY: THE DARK SIDE OF POSITIVE VIBES, by: Samara Quintero, LMFT, CHT and Jamie Long, PsyD, The Psychology Group Buy the book, There's an Elephant in Your Office, on our website elephantinyouroffice.com or on Amazon. Hire us to train your workforce on incorporating mental health into all kinds of businesses. Find us on social - Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
The year 2020 is pretty much a dumpster fire. What are you supposed to do?! In this episode, Ashley and Andrea share examples of what they are doing to maintain sanity and offer great ideas from our listeners.  Join the conversation. What's keeping you together amidst pandemics, no school, work from home, and social unrest?  Buy the book, There's an Elephant in Your Office, on our website elephantinyouroffice.com or on Amazon. Find us on social - Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
What is BIPOC? Can I say "trans" without offending people? How many letters are supposed to be in LGBTQIA and what do they all mean?!  In honor and recognition of Pride Month, Black Lives Matter, social justice, and minority mental health, Ashley and Andrea devote this podcast to highlighting the unique struggles faced by people who identify with multiple marginalized identities and talk about ways we can all be better allies.*  Learning the language is an important first step if you want to engage in conversations about race, disparities, and justice. Ashley uses the UC Davis LGBTQIA Resource Center Glossary to define several words that keep popping up in the news and which ones are most appropriate to use.   Andrea shares the Project Implicit website and the quizzes you can take to uncover your hidden biases about race, gender, age, disability, and more. There's also a 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge where you do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity each day for 21 days. If you love checklists, definitely try Dr. John Raible’s Checklist for Allies Against Racism. Read through the checklist to get a feel for what constitutes ally behavior on the part of anti-racists, and think about how often and how consistently you do any or all of them.  Other great resources:  The Angry Black Woman: The Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Good Ally  The White Ally Toolkit/Ally Conversation Toolkit helps anti-racism allies do their part in the fight against racism by empowering and equipping them with best practice communications skills based on listening, storytelling, and compassion.   Racial justice educator and writer Debby Irving, on her website, gives us "a small sampling of what the racial justice community has offer."  Safe Space Radio: Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism.  MHA and NAMI have all the data you want related to Prevalence of Mental Health Conditions in Specific Populations.  The Netflix documentary, 13th, reviews the Thirteenth Amendment and analyzes the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.  If you want to donate, here's a list of Black Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter LGBTQ charities who need support.   *Ashley and Andrea 100% recognize their privilege as white women and want to connect people with the experts and tools they need to engage in important conversations.   Buy the book, There's an Elephant in Your Office, on our website elephantinyouroffice.com or on Amazon. Hire us to train your workforce on incorporating mental health into all kinds of businesses. Find us on social - Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains
Calls to crisis lines and mental health providers continue to increase as people struggle to deal with a wave of emotions. For many, the COVID-19 pandemic, quarantine, and now racial unrest have pushed them beyond normal limits of stress. They are in unfamiliar territory and seeking solutions. For this episode, we've called in the experts and gathered up the most useful resources for people needing to address poor mental health. Please share these numbers and web addresses with anyone and everyone because anxiety, depression, and other types of poor mental health aren't visible on the surface and you never know who may need them. #CubicleCamouflage    Special thanks to Emily Reidford, Executive Director of Mental Health America Vanderburgh County* for her insight.  Resources: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)  Veterans Crisis Line and Military Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255 (press option 1) Trevor Project (LGBTQ) - 1-866-488-7386  Call them if you are thinking about killing yourself or are having a mental health crisis. Alternative to calling: Text HOME to 741741 to message with a trained crisis counselor.   If you are not in immediate danger or crisis but need help and someone safe to talk to, try calling a warm line. List of warm lines by state; These websites have trusted information and helpful tools: Mental Health America Screening Page ; NAMI ; Trevor Project Buy the book, There's an Elephant in Your Office, on our website elephantinyouroffice.com or on Amazon. Hire us to train your workforce on incorporating mental health into all kinds of businesses. Find us on social - Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains *Mental Health America Vanderburgh County is located in southwest Indiana, near the city of Evansville. It's a local affiliate of MHA. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Sometimes people have a total meltdown or serious outburst in the workplace. It can be scary to experience, especially if you are the target of the disruptive event! In this episode, Andrea shares some of the things she's seen during her career and... wow... human resources professionals should win all of the awards for grace under pressure. You can also learn some tips for de-escalating a situation and how following your procedures actually helps the employee and the business.  #CubicleCamouflage #RampagingPachyderms #Elephantinyouroffice Buy the book, There's an Elephant in Your Office, on our website elephantinyouroffice.com or on Amazon. Hire us to train your workforce on incorporating mental health into all kinds of businesses. Find us on social - Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
In this episode, Ashley and Andrea will tell you about people who manage a mental illness and work expectations every day -- the invisible elephants. Invisible elephants are employees with a mental illness who are high-functioning enough to hold a job. They are stealthy and blend into the office environment using the powers of cubicle camouflage. They hate surprises and fear being asked to come into the boss's office and "shut the door." Learn some great tips from HR expert Andrea about supporting staff members who live with some kind of mental health disorder, and hear a first-hand account from Ashley about being an invisible elephant.  #CubicleCamouflage #InvisibleElephants #Elephantinyouroffice  Buy the book, There's an Elephant in Your Office, on our website elephantinyouroffice.com or on Amazon. Find us on social - Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains    nZ4GRSbGcDwacqG20k81 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
In this very special episode, Ashley and Andrea address the giant elephant in the office.... the coronavirus. It's impacting how we do business and interact with each other. It's also exacerbating previously well-controlled mental health disorders.  Mentioned in the show - MHA Screening Tool and warmlines. Both are free and highly effective ways to address mental health concerns that aren't quite an emergency.   Buy our book, There's an Elephant in Your Office, on our website elephantinyouroffice.com or on Amazon.  Find us on social - Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Amazing Mammoths are employees struggling to cope with a specific stress. In this episode, Andrea and Ashley will explain how to spot an Amazing Mammoth in the workplace and hear from real people about being distracted while on the clock.  Buy the book, There's an Elephant in Your Office, on our website elephantinyouroffice.com or on Amazon. Find us on social - Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains   --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
In the very first episode, sisters and co-hosts Ashley and Andrea explain how a big problem at work led to a book about elephants.  Find us on social: Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains; #CubicleCamouflage --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
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Podcast Details

Created by
Ashley Johnson & Andrea Herron
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Nov 24th, 2020
Latest Episode
Nov 24th, 2020
Release Period
Monthly
Episodes
11
Avg. Episode Length
25 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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