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A lesson about mental health in the workplace from the Virginia shooting

The deaths of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward of WDBJ-TV were on Wednesday in Moneta by fellow journalist Vester Lee Flanagan II who later shot himself has sparked a conversation about mental health in the workplace.

Psychologist Nthabiseng Ramothwala speaks to John about mental health in the workplace speaks about spotting the signs of a troubled worker or colleague and doing something about it, rather than ignoring or dismissing them.

In his suicide note, the Virginia shooter said: "my anger has been building steadily... I’ve been a human powder keg for a while… just waiting to go BOOM!

Nthabiseng say that these were clear signs of troubled person, including claims that he was a 'difficult person to work with'. She says that firing him, without seeking to understand him, made things worse and were indeed the trigger point that made him go over the edge.

Listen to the full conversation below:


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