Entries by Norman Winegar

Hungry for Normality? Weight Gain is a Consequence of the Pandemic

I learned a disturbing fact during a pre-Thanksgiving visit I had with Espyr’s fine team of professional health coaches. This team of health and fitness experts provides guidance, support, and accountability for employees of organizations that value the health and fitness of their workers.  This includes groups like the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and […]

How To Help Employees’ Election Stress

America’s long wait for the presidential election’s outcome to be called by media outlets ended on Saturday, November 7, 2020. For others, the outcome is still in doubt. Regardless, for most people this election season and the lengthy counting of votes last week produced enormous additional burdens of anxiety. This only added to the already […]

Domestic Violence is a Business Problem

Like mental health, domestic violence or DV (also known as intimate partner violence) is an often uncomfortable topic that is not widely discussed in the workplace. DV is viewed too often by business leaders as a purely private matter and not a business concern. However, its impact and pervasiveness demand much more attention from employers. […]

What People With Mental Illness Want You to Know

Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 4 – 10. This week was established in 1990 by the U.S. Congress to draw attention to the work of a variety of private and public organizations who educate people and create awareness of mental illness. This year’s theme is “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” […]

COVID-19 Pandemic and College Life: What Colleges Can Do to Address Student Mental Health Needs

COVID-19 has created a profound effect on all aspects collegiate life and especially on student mental health. It has brought upon a multitude of social, psychological, and safety challenges for students, on top of the high levels of stress that college students are already facing – even in the best of times. For many, the […]

College Students – A Vulnerable Population for Suicide and Mental Health Issues

September is suicide awareness month. One alarming aspect of suicide is its frequency among young people, particularly college students. Defined as self-injurious behavior aimed at causing one’s death, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people. Annually about 1,000 college students take their own lives. Thousands of their family members are affected […]

The Rise in College Suicides: How to Protect Our Young

September is Suicide Awareness Month. One alarming aspect of suicide is its frequency among young people, particularly college students. Defined as self-injurious behavior aimed at causing one’s death, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people. According to the American College Health Association (ACHA), the suicide rate among young adults ages 15–24 […]

Systemic Discrimination and Health Disparities in U.S.

Recently many voices have joined the conversation about systemic discrimination in the US. One aspect is how minorities and disadvantaged groups in the U.S. have poorer access to healthcare and behavioral healthcare services and poorer health overall. A recent blog post pointed out the connection between systemic discrimination, chronic stress, and hypertension in Black Americans. […]