Depression is a major issue and is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Additionally, many of our workplaces are failing to promote well being and support people living with depression. Depression can be a very serious illness that should be treated with care, especially in the workplace.
There are many methods to help treat depression, including antidepressants, exercise, nutrition, and so on. If you are looking for a proven way to reverse depression, I invite you to watch my new masterclass that will teach you how I do this for my clients. But how exactly can you reduce the impact of depression in the workplace? How do peer support and peer specialists help address depression in the workplace?
One of the best ways to help optimize employee well being is through peer support. Specifically, peer support specialists. So what exactly is a peer support specialist? Well basically, they are individuals with lived experience having mental health conditions who receive training to support others.
Additionally, they help inspire hope, offer tools, and connect people to relevant resources. Peers offer hope through their own stories, as they have also struggled with mental health. Moreover, they reduce some of the barriers and confusing components of connecting to mental health services and offer one-on-one support from someone who has been there.
So peers help promote employee well being, but what exactly does a peer support specialist do? They play a few different roles when it comes to employee well being. This includes:
Basically, peer specialists help foster hope for recovery. A peer specialist helps assist their peers in gaining information and support from the community to make their goals a reality. It’s important to keep in mind that peer specialist training and certification requirements are determined on a state-by-state basis.
All in all, peer support is a great way to help encourage employee well being. Peer support specialists are a key component of the present and future of mental health services and supports and will be critical for employers who want to keep and sustain a good workforce.
Dr. Christine Sauer, MD,ND(Ger), INHC, CBHC is a German-trained conventional as well as naturopathic physician, a Certified Brain and Mental Health Expert and Coach and a Certified Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health Coach. Through her own journey from successful owner of a large practice in Germany through the abyss of mental and physical health to complete recovery she discovered her unique process to help her clients achieve lasting health and wellness. Her mission is to change the world for the better, one life at a time. Her hobbies are science, learning new things, cooking, gardening and her backyard chickens and dogs.
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