Starting the Conversation
Beginning the conversation doesn’t mean you have to dive straight into talking about mental health struggles or have an intense heart-to-heart. Consider instead meeting your friend where they are or extending an invitation to hang out. You can even talk about struggles you are going through to give your friend an avenue to open-up. Whether it's over a bite to eat or taking a walk, a simple “what’s up” is a great place to begin.
The first step Is finding an opportunity to talk. Try these suggestions for creating that opportunity:
- Invite them to a pick-up game of a favorite sport.
- Casually ask while playing an online game together.
- Invite them to grab lunch or dinner.
- Ask “What’s up” in a text.
- Invite them to participate in a shared hobby.
Not sure how to get started? Starting the conversation doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes you just need to open the door with a simple question. Try these conversation starters:
- How are you?
- How are you feeling?
- How are you today?
- Are you doing alright?
To learn more, view the full Mental Health Conversation Video Series.
Seizing the Awkward Conversations
Hear stories from people who have been on both sides of mental health conversations.
Connect with Resources
E(F)AP resources and assistance are available to U.S. and Canadian Mauser Packaging Solutions employees and members of their household through our benefit programs.*
U.S.: THE HARTFORD: Enhanced Ability Assist® - Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Call toll free 1-800-96-HELPS (1-800-964-3577) or visit www.guidanceresources.com.
Canada: Manulife – Homewood Health/Santé: Resilience® Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
Call toll free 1-866-644-0326 or visit www.manulife.ca.
*Resources and assistance available regardless of enrollment in healthcare benefits.
Note: Similar programs may be offered in other countries through Company provided offerings or government healthcare systems. Check with your local Human Resources representative for available resources.