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COVER STORY

Share of adults reporting symptoms of anxiety
disorder and/or depressive disorder

11%
JAN-JUNE 2019

JULY 2020

40%
Household Pulse Survey

Source: National Health
Interview Study (2020)

perhaps because of low awareness, which is
why Cargill is committed to promoting and
educating workers about the program.
" We wish it were more because we know
that 18% to 25% of people generally have a
mental health issue. So, there's a gap between
the 5% that are using it and the 18% that
probably need it, " Blaylock said.
Part of the gap between people suffering
from a mental illness and getting help is the
stigma that admitting to a mental health issue
is a sign of weakness and a source of shame.
" There's one statistic that I always point to
that is so chilling to me, frankly, " Blaylock said,
" that it takes people an average of 10 years to
get help for their mental health issues from the
time of initial onset of symptoms until the time
that they actually get treatment.
" And so, what makes people wait for
10 years? You would never do that with a
physical health condition so what is it about
mental health? "
Providing mental health training to different
business segment leaders is an ongoing effort
of Blaylock's. Since the COVID-19 crisis
began, Cargill has begun training its teams of
farm-facing employees to identify and offer
resources to the farm-based customers they
work with.
The challenge now and in the future is
how to circulate information and resources
deeper into the Cargill organization and all
its employee segments, including many in the
production segment that don't have access
to communication technology, like email or

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the internet. One anti-stigma campaign that
kicked off this past June and has generated
positive feedback is based on interpersonal
relationships, called " How are you doing,
really? " Blaylock said the intention is to not
use the phrase as a generic greeting, but
rather as a means of checking on someone's
mental health status by adding " really " after
the question.
The company is using the question as a
catchphrase on posters circulated globally,
in multiple languages and including photos
of employees that have credibility and are
familiar to production workers along with a
quote from them about their struggles and
dealing with COVID.
" The message has continued on organically,
and now we use it in all sorts of messaging
around coping and struggles, " Blaylock said.

TYSON UPS THE ANTE
Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods Inc.,
through its partnership with Health Advocate,
also offers its employees an EAP that includes
professional counseling and guidance as part
of its benefit packages.
Supplementing Tyson's EAP to support
the wellness of its employees, the company
maintains a team of 95 chaplains to provide
a broad swath of support to workers up and
down the hierarchy and regardless of their
background. Chaplain Melissa Brannan said
she is part of several support groups within
the company that share the responsibility of
maintaining mental wellness.
" Onsite nurses, HR professionals and
chaplains regularly address mental health
concerns as they manifest in a variety of
ways, " she said. " Our chaplaincy program has
attended to the emotional, mental, relational
and spiritual needs of team members for over
20 years. We provide care to front-line team
members in production facilities, to truck
drivers, housekeeping staff, mechanical and
engineering teams, off-site workers, field staff,
and corporate personnel; serving all levels of
the organizational structure. "
The chaplains are committed to providing
ministry and pastoral care to Tyson workers of
all denominations, as well as those who choose
to not claim a belief system or faith. Brannan
said chaplains are accustomed to working with
employees at all levels of the company.


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