Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out icba.ca/wellness for details.

As we wrap up this month’s unit on depression and anxiety, the course pivots to ideas on how to deal with these issues.

This line especially stuck out: “The most important quality is that anxiety and depression share is that they are both very treatable conditions.” Whether it’s self-help, counselling, medication, transcranial magnetic stimulation, or electro-convulsive therapy, there are ways to get healthy again.

But it all starts with realizing we’re struggling – and asking for help. Tell someone. A friend, a spouse, a partner, a colleague, a doctor, a counsellor. Things rarely get better by themselves. It’s important to seek the help and support you deserve.

Remember – this is about biology. Just as you’d rehab an injury, you may need help to reset your mental health.

I’m off the next couple of weeks on vacation (working on my own mental health ?), but I’ll be back in mid August with the next topic in our ICBA Wellness journey.

ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 50 companies, and thousands of construction professionals, better understand mental health. The program is free for ICBA members — see icba.ca/wellness.