In a recent article in ASC Focus magazine, two members of MedHQ’s HR team were quoted for their expert opinions on the importance of supporting mental health inside an ASC.
More than 20% of adults in the US live with a mental illness, which means 1 in 5 of ASC employees could be dealing with mental health issues. The way center administrators respond to these challenges can make all the difference. It’s not only about their lives but also about our patient care and overall work culture.
Here are four key takeaways from the article:
- Transparency is Key: When changes happen, whether it’s new surgeons, staff turnover, or tech upgrades, keep the communication lines open. Share the details and make everyone feel valued and part of the bigger picture. It reduces anxiety and builds trust.
- Create a Supportive Culture: Foster an environment where everyone can be their genuine selves. Encourage team members to voice their concerns and make it easy for them to access mental health resources, including counseling services.
- Value Counseling: Don’t underestimate the power of counseling. Offering it as a benefit can make a huge difference. Consider having staff share their positive experiences or bring in professionals to explain the benefits of counseling and techniques to manage negative thoughts.
- Seek Evidence-Based Practices: Look for resources and practices endorsed by organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and Mental Health America. MedHQ is committed to supporting our ASC staff’s mental health. When staff thrive, patients and centers thrive too.