About Janine Monico

Janine Monico is a digital marketing consultant who has managed the Healthy Minds Philly initiative website since 2015.

Signs of Corporate Burnout & What You Can Do

Working takes up, at a minimum, one-third of our life, and half of our waking hours. Naturally, workplaces have a significant impact on their employees’ mental health and well-being. Whether you work remotely or in-person, full-time or part-time, it is important to pay attention to wellness in the workplace.  Warning Signs of Poor Workplace Wellness Experiencing ongoing feelings of helplessness/hopelessness Chronic exhaustion and fatigue Identity becomes centered around work (e.g. this work will not continue without my presence) Difficulty concentrating or focusing on tasks Daily avoidance of tasks – can occur at work or outside of work Inability to empathize with others Increased anger or cynicism, conflict with others Development of self-medicating or addictive behaviors. What can employers do? Workplaces themselves have a role in preventing secondary traumatic stress and promoting employee wellness. An employer that strives to improve workplace culture offers meaningful benefits, commits to mental wellness from the top-down, and encourages safe, supportive culture that impacts the organization’s financial, emotional, and social health. Investing in your employees’ mental health improves employee productivity and creates better business outcomes. Create a culture of support Integrate Wellness efforts into the workplace Offer benefits that matter Care beyond compliance What can you do to help yourself? If you are noticing the above signs in yourself or a co-worker, there are steps you can take to get [...]

2022-06-06T22:55:45-04:00June 27th, 2022|Mental Health, Stress, Workplace Mental Health|

Post-Traumatic Stress Can Impact Anyone – and It Can Be Treated

Post-traumatic stress disorder  (PTSD) can affect anyone at any age. Millions of Americans get PTSD every year. Many war veterans have had PTSD, but did you know women tend to get PTSD more often than men? No matter the cause, PTSD can be treated. You can feel better.  What is PTSD?  Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a real illness. You can get PTSD after living through or seeing a dangerous event, such as war, a hurricane, a violent event, or a bad accident. PTSD makes you feel stressed and afraid after the danger is over. It affects your life and the people around you. If you have PTSD, you can get treatment and feel better.  PTSD can happen to anyone at any age. Children get PTSD too. You don’t have to be physically hurt to get PTSD. You can also get it after you see other people get hurt.  Living through or seeing something that’s upsetting and dangerous can cause PTSD. This can include:  Being a victim of or seeing violence  The death or serious illness of a loved one   War or combat   Car accidents and plane crashes   Hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires   Violent crimes, like a robbery or shooting.  There are many other things that can cause PTSD. Talk to your doctor if you are troubled by [...]

2022-05-23T12:43:23-04:00June 20th, 2022|Awareness, Mental Health|

General Order No. 3 or…what/who is holding us back???

I remember my first therapy session like it was yesterday. It was a beautiful, sunny day. I was rushing over to the office after work, racing past people on Market Street like I was in the final lap at the Penn Relays. My mind was running its own race, perhaps swifter than my feet.  Jesse Owens on the ground, Usain Bolt between the ears. How would this person be? Would they relate to me? Would I allow myself to be vulnerable? For some reason, the warm smile of the security guard as I signed in to get onto the elevator – handing me a tissue to wipe my sweaty brow -- is a picture I can recall clearly, even so many years later. When I signed out about one hour later, I felt lighter, more than satisfied. And I pondering more questions. Why haven’t I looked into these issues before? Did I not think I was able to do so? What held me back? Those questions began a journey I hold very sacred.  A journey of family, of tradition, of values, and of culture. A culture I remember us discussing during one session – about holidays and what they’ve meant in the context of my family.  Juneteenth came up. Well, I raised it. They were familiar, but I had to [...]

2022-06-06T13:53:25-04:00June 13th, 2022|Community, Racial Equity|

Taking Control of Men’s Health: The Ultimate Act of Self Reliance

Men’s health is often the unspoken “elephant in the room” whenever healthcare disparities are discussed. While it’s great that our healthcare system is actively addressing racial and ethnic disparities, gender disparities are glaring and commonly ignored in developing interventions and programs. The numbers are clear on the matter. In Philadelphia: The life expectancy for men is seven years less than that of women. Black men have the lowest life expectancy of all racial/ethnic groups, dying from heart disease, lung and colorectal cancer, diabetes, homicide, and even COVID at significantly higher rates than women. Men also experience more opioid overdoses. Men are three times more likely than women to die by suicide. Men are less likely than women to follow up with care after being discharged from hospitals.  There are multiple reasons for these disparities. A simplistic explanation is that men are less likely to seek healthcare. That certainly holds true for the men in my family. Helping them understand that chronic symptoms won’t just go away and convincing them to work with a healthcare provider for preventive care is quite a challenge. Understanding why men don’t go to the doctor or therapy needs to be studied.  As a licensed clinician providing behavioral health support in various settings over the years, I know that men frequently share that they don’t feel [...]

2022-06-06T09:25:18-04:00June 6th, 2022|Men's Health, Mental Health|
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