COPE CopeLine Supervisor

May 2018

Your Wellness & Work-Life Newsletter

Minding Your Mental Health - When to Seek Help

If you are in good emotional health, you generally feel good about yourself. That doesn't mean you won't ever have an emotional problem, or even suffer from mental illness. But a person with good emotional health is more likely to realize when a problem rises to a level that requires the help of a health-care provider or a counselor, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

In general, what distinguishes mental illness from problems of daily living is its severity or persistence over time. People most often seek help for three reasons: They notice a significant shift in how they feel about themselves, they become aware of ongoing difficulties in their close personal relationships, or they have chronic problems getting along with people at work.

They may also show one or more of these symptoms:
• Feel depressed or sad for several weeks or more
• Experience extreme mood swings
• Have trouble sleeping
• Feel helpless or hopeless and may contemplate suicide
• Feel that life is out of control
• Have sudden panic attacks
• Drink excessively or use illegal drugs
• Engage in other forms of destructive behavior, such as gambling or over-eating
• See, hear or experience imaginary things
• Threaten violence or become aggressive and violent

If you are going through a difficult period, ask yourself these questions:
• Have I been feeling less happy, less confident or less in control than usual for a period of several weeks or longer?
• Are emotional problems getting in the way of my work, relationships or other aspects of my life?
• Have my own efforts to deal with a problem failed to resolve the situation?
• Do I feel emotionally "stuck" and helpless to change my behavior or circumstances?

If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," consider contacting your family doctor or a counselor. For more information send an email to

Good Night, Sleep Tight

For the vast majority of people, the benefits of a good night's rest---a solid seven or eight hours for adults, nine for teenagers---include longer life, better memory, curbed inflammation of the type that leads to heart attacks and diabetes, lower stress and greater creativity. A lack of sleep, on the other hand, leads to drowsiness and irritability, a decline in physical performance and reaction time. Unfortunately, many adults struggle with insomnia.

In this COPELine we look at current sleep research and offer some suggestions for getting a good night's Zzzzzs. Click here to read full article.

Recent Posts on COPE's Facebook Page

• Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Michael Phelps, and Kevin Love all share one thing in common, and it's not their fame. They've talked publicly about their mental health struggles. READ

• Mental health is an enormous issue in the world today. Many of us know someone or are someone with a mental illness. The National Institute for Mental Health reported 9.6 million adults in the U.S. have a serious mental illness, one that interferes with their daily lives, requiring medication and therapy in order to overcome its effects. But there are at least 10 ways to help someone with menal illness. READ

Cope Incorporated