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Her Loss, Their Gain - October 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 Ideas Work P r a c t i c a l p e a r l s f r o m y o u r c o l l e a g u e s That M ental health is often over- looked or not talked about because people are ashamed of sharing how they feel, or afraid of what others might think if they ask for help. My facility is working to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues. On one occasion, staff were encouraged to wear green socks — green represents mental health awareness — to show our support for those who are suffering in silence or who care for a loved one battling an emotional, psychological or social disorder. Wearing symbolic socks may not seem impactful, but banding togeth- er as a team in this way could make it easier for someone who needs help to seek it through an employee-assistance program or with a pro- fessional counselor, or simply reach out to a co-worker they trust to talk about how they're feeling. I challenge you to remove the barriers that prevent people from pursuing treatment and create an environ- ment that supports mental health awareness. Daphyne Ressler, RN, BSN Evangelical Ambulatory Surgical Center Lewisburg, Pa. daphyne.ressler@evanhospital.com SOCKS OVER STIGMA Wear Green to Promote Mental Health Awareness Evangelical Ambulatory Surgical Center • SHOW OF SUPPORT Staff members at Evangelical Ambulatory Surgical Center hope those experiencing mental health issues will not feel ashamed to seek help.

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