I have been asked this question many times by supervisors, union leaders, doctors, lawyers, family member and friends. Unfortunately the numbers have not changed in my 40 years in the helping business.(Yes it is a special kind of business)
The short answer is approximately 30-40% of the work population have problems or issues that fit this question. Here are the types of issues:
2. Alcoholism-10 %
3. Drug addiction-6-9
4. Emotional disorder by diagnosis from a professional
33% from National Institute of Mental Health figures, Examples, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder….
5. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder( PTSD) Significant with number served and impact shown through suicide and serious symptoms impacting those who served and those who love them.
This overview has not changed in my time as a professional, nor has the need for support of those who suffer. Many people who suffer think that everyone else is fine or that they should be able to solve personal issues alone and in some cases they are just plain scared or ashamed to seek or ask for help.
I do not care why people do not ask for or seek help. I do care about the how can we reach the people who need it.
If you are concerned about a friend or family member, you can talk to a professional and work to help that person in need. This can be done and is called an intervention. Some types are:
1. Ask if you can help them
2. Hand them a card or information
3. Tell them how important they are to you and that you want the best for them
4. Don’t give up, be kind, patient and most of all be honest with them.
Doctors, counselors, employee assistance programs, wellness programs or help lines can connect you with support and compassionate assistance for you or someone you love. I have included my contact information and please reach out.
Frank H. Jeremy Ed. D
Keep the faith and help.