German supervisors attend training to support employee well-being

By Andreas Kreuzer – GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Thirty-seven local national supervisors attended the Mental Health, Resiliency, Occupational Well-Being, Suicide Prevention awareness training here to help employees cope with, and overcome, emotional or behavioral challenges, Mon, Feb. 13, 2017.

Photo Credit: U.S. Army Garrison BavariaUSAG Bavaria’s Directorate of Human Resource and Hella Wagner, the USAG Bavaria representative for civilian handicapped employees, invited the Specialist Integration Service of the Oberpfalz.

Mr. Hans Dumbach, program manager for workforce development, highlighted the importance of being aware of employee’s mental issues.

“While there are many military programs, like resilience training or SHARP, there is no specialized training with all the off-post resources and processes. “ Dumbach said.

Claudia Jung, therapist and deputy chief of the German Specialist Integration Service said: “Psychological illnesses and disorders are the third most common ailment affecting people across the globe. “

According to Jung, one out of five people develop a mental issue at least once in their life. Just 25% of the affected population actually seek and follow a treatment program.

“Mental illnesses can develop for many reasons, such as biological predispositions, unfortunate life experiences or stress”, said Jung.

Jung’s speech covered many facets of mental issues. She also provided resources for comprehensive help and prevention in the German system.

According to Jung, some indicators are:

  • Depressive or manic-depressive mood
  • Loss of fun and interest in anything
  • Listlessness and tiredness
  • Physical symptoms – like cardiac and circulatory troubles or loss of weight

“If you detect some of the mental issues, please don’t diagnose what kind of mental issue it could be. This is not your job.” Jung said, “Try to find a way to help within your work environment and find professional help for the person.”

What to do

“The earlier a depressive episode is treated, the lower the risk of a fallback.

Talk to the person and ask how you can help. If they are reluctant, find the proper resource for the person. Usually employees with emotional or behavioral challenges are hesitant to talk about it. It’s important to start the conversation as soon as possible.” Jung reported.

Resources for local nationals

  • Medical Specialists
  • Specialist Integration Service
  • Therapists
  • Social Psychiatry Service
  • Specialized hospitals
  • Crisis Helpline 0800/111 0 111
  • Specialized outreach clinics

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