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Mental health word cloud If an employer doesn’t understand the cycle of behavioral health conditions, it can make the situation worse for the employee. (Photo: Shutterstock)

People often spend more time with their co-workers than they do with their actual families. And sometimes these co-workers become an employee’s “work family.” Family often notices when a member is suffering from a behavioral health condition, such as a mental health or substance use problem, and the work family is no different. While behavioral health was once seen as a taboo topic, it is important to discuss it — both at work and outside of it.


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