Episode Description

Is mental health a priority to you and your company? How can you raise awareness for those who may not get represented in the construction industry? Join host Todd Weyandt and guest Darcy Gruttadaro as they discuss the importance of Mental Health Awareness Month, addressing common stigmas around mental health in construction, how “Zoom fatigue” may be affecting just about everyone these days, and how essential it is to identify and manage burnout. 

Darcy Gruttadaro is the director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health. As director, she works with her team in developing high impact trainings, guides, resources, and case studies to support mentally healthy workplaces. The Center’s work includes working in consultation and collaborating with employers in raising awareness, creating mentally healthy organizational cultures, and improving access to mental health services and supports. The Center works with organizations of all sizes from Fortune 100 companies to small family-owned businesses in creating effective approaches to improving the mental health and well-being of employees and their families.

Todd Takes

1. Mental health is a critical conversation that we all need to be open and prepared to talk through to break down the stigmatism built up. I loved that Darcy brought up mental health is on a continuum and we all need to stay vigilant in preventing burnout and depression. If you are in a leadership position, it is important you are open in talking about this with your team and creating a high trust environment. As we talk about so often on this podcast, creating a healthy culture is huge. 

2. It is the responsibility of all of us from the organization to the manager to the individual to own mental health and help with self-care and prevention

3. If you are noticing the signs of burnout or depression, please reach out to someone, whether it is a friend, family member, co-worker or the EAP (Employee Assistance Program). Seeking help will be the most productive thing you can do. Also, if you notice signs that someone you know may be moving towards burnout or depression, please reach out to them as well and show them you care and are there for them. 

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