The isolation, suffering and stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on mental health and is projected to result in 75,000 additional "deaths of despair." These manifest through alcohol and drug abuse, increased incidences of workplace and domestic violence, delusional thinking and suicide.
To provide a safe workplace for their workers, employers need to understand these issues and know how to take immediate and long-term steps to address them.
In this 60-minute webinar, Terri M. Solomon, a shareholder with Littler and co-chair of the firm's Workplace Violence Prevention Practice Group, and Dr. Marc McElhaney, CEO of Critical Response Associates, explain how to prepare for and handle a serious employee mental health crisis that prevents an employee from caring for themselves or puts an employee at risk of hurting themselves or others.
The webinar discusses steps employers can take, such as:
- Having proper policies and practices in place;
- Learning the warning signs that indicate an employee may be at risk; and
- Training employees on workplace violence policies and the organization's emergency action plan.
Attendees leave with information that can help them to support employees struggling with mental health, and to make plans and take steps to prepare for, prevent and handle incidents from psychological trauma to verbal and physical threats or assaults to suicide or shootings.