She did not try to give me advice, she just listened.
In March while walking home from work in Detroit, my son was hit by a drunk driver. He was thrown approximately 60 feet and left on the side of the road by the driver who then sped away. Luckily witnesses called 911 and started CPR while waiting for the ambulance. My son was miraculously uninjured, except for concussion and a stiff neck, he had no broken bones. No sign of a head injury even though his head hit the drunk driver’s windshield and shattered it.
To help cope with this stressful situation, I met with Megan from the Bronson Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team. My director was the one who urged me to reach out since she thought it would be a good way for me to talk about some of my fears. Megan came directly to my workplace, even though she was working off-site that day. She listened attentively, brought up key factors with what I was feeling and offered reassurance. She did not try to give me advice, legal or emotional, she just listened. I would recommend CISM to any employee who is struggling with a critical situation and needs a listening ear to talk things through.
What is CISM?
Bronson is committed to helping employees be well and live a balanced lifestyle. Following a critical or traumatic event, it can be difficult to function normally at work or home. The Bronson Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team is available to help employees through these difficult situations by providing healthy and effective coping techniques