Mental illness has no boundaries.
It can affect individuals, families, coworkers, and employers. The cost of mental illness in the workplace is staggering and is forcing leaders to understand how to effectively address mental illness by creating a mentally healthy workplace culture.
I work with organizational leaders to teach them how to create and sustain a mentally healthy workplace culture. A culture where everyone feels safe enough to come forward and ask for help without fear or shame.
Click here to take a free Mental Health Assessment of your organization and learn how you can begin creating and maintaining a mentally healthy workplace culture.
Problem: Individuals thrive when they are in a safe environment. A safe environment fosters truth and vulnerability and provides a sense of belonging. Employees struggling with mental health and substance use rarely feel their work environment is a place of safety.
Solution: Making one key shift in communication about mental health fosters a safe climate of vulnerability that supports employee health, wellness, engagement and productivity. By opening the conversation about mental health in the workplace, you empower employees to speak their truth and remove blockages to peak performance.
Problem: Often, employees are afraid to ask for support for fear of retribution or job loss. They survive behind a “mask” to hide the fear and shame.
Solution: An evolutionary top down leadership approach to supporting mental health in the workplace demonstrates commitment to employee wellness and creates a culture of transparency and support. By fostering a climate of vulnerability, you create a culture of transparency and open communication, resulting in a more engaged and healthier workforce.
Problem: There are many misconceptions about mental illness and substance use which leads to stigma and discrimination. Stigma and Discrimination thrive on lack of knowledge and understanding.
Solution: Through a step by step methodology, you can reduce stigma and discrimination in the workplace and create a safe environment that fosters education and awareness about mental illness. Educating employees about mental health and substance use can create more open communication, understanding and empathy.
“The most powerful organizations make it possible for individuals to remove the mask of fear and shame and speak openly about mental health in the workplace.” – Kim LaMontagne, MBA
It’s OK to Not Be OK is a collection of stories of individuals who have the lived experience of mental illness or substance use. Their painful yet inspiring stories of hope are meant to be a “road map” for others to follow to find their way out of the darkness. The authors invite you into their personal world of confusion, pain and suffering and share the tools and wisdom they acquired along the way to turn their struggle into strength.
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“I’ve decided today is truly the day I get help. I wish there were programs like NAMI around the world.
Thank you so much. I really wish I saw this presentation earlier”.
“This presentation made me remember that my mental illness does not make me flawed,
because it is a part of me and no one is perfect”.