I was inspired by World Mental Health Day on October 10th to share some of my own story and to encourage us to address mental health challenges openly, without shame and stigma. Today on the show, we talk about why we need to be mindful of this, how we can proactively focus on our mental and emotional health and support others, and why more companies are realizing that well-being (both physical and mental) is a fundamental component of productivity and success at work.
[4:45] I grew up with an awareness of the shame and significant impact that mental illness can bring upon a family.
[9:51] Depression was talked about in my family as the “family curse,” and in college, I found myself feeling very low and knew I needed some help. Luckily, I found support through the help of my Uncle Steve and visiting the student health center at school. There, I found a therapist to work with and get me the help I needed for that time.
[11:21] Scary and challenging times can lead us to the biggest growth and transformation.
[17:37] If we are not careful and mindful about how we share our feelings and emotions, we can use these conditions as a way to get people to feel sorry for us or as an excuse to get us off the hook for certain obligations.
[20:53] Many companies, especially some of the most progressive ones, have mainstreamed and instituted well-being programs and incentives that have become fundamental.
[23:18] Mental and emotional health can be an ongoing commitment and not just something we seek help for in times of crisis.
[25:02] A few of the many avenues where one can find mental and emotional support include peer and professional groups, coaches, mentors, therapists, meditation, journaling, and breathing.
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