Safety Month: Workplace Violence and Mental Illness

By Rosanne Ullman | 06/11/2014 9:09:00 PM


click image to zoomArtist: GeorgePeters for Getty Images In this National Safety Month of June, workplace violence is a topic of concern. About 2 million employees are affected by workplace violence every year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Mohinder Goomar, a retired physician and author of It’s Just My Opinion, says that mental illness frequently is associated with a violent incident at work.

“Because diagnosis and treatment of mental illness hasn’t progressed much in recent decades, we need to encourage lay people to be vigilant toward those expressing tendencies that indicate the potential for violence due to mental illness,” says Goomar, who has suffered with dissociative identity disorder (DID). Goomar advises employees to be vigilant about certain personalities in the workplace:

*People who feel marginalized or bullied. Bullying can be occurring at home or online; it doesn’t have to be happening at work.

*People who feel victimized and may justify violence as a way to get even.

*People who indicate a sense of paranoia and may have a history of reacting violently to a situation that other people would not find threatening.

*Anyone who quickly resorts to filing lawsuits.

Goomar believes that much workplace violence goes unreported. If an incident occurs at your salon, reporting it may help get the person needed mental health help.






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rosanne Ullman

Rosanne Ullman, Project Editor | Modern Salon Media

Rosanne has been writing for the salon division of Vance Publishing for more than 30 years, contributing landmark articles ranging from a year-long historical series in the 1990s marking MODERN SALON's 75th anniversary to a more recent, comprehensive tribute to Vidal Sassoon's impact on the industry. She was involved in the conceptual planning for First Chair and has directed several of Modern Salon Media's custom publishing projects. Rosanne holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's famed Medill School and contributes to her community through three elected terms on her local school board.

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North Carollina  |  June, 26, 2014 at 08:53 AM

Mohinder Goomar is NOT a retired physician.. but IS a former physician who had his license revoked for Molesting patients.. Seriously? Do your research Ms Ullman, and please look for credible doctors to write articles from. While he may suffer from DID, which I totally sympathize with, this along with his past DO NOT make him an expert by any means, nor would I consider anything that you would quote from him to be valid from a medical perspective or opinion. See link below and read for yourselves readers;

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