Month: August 2021

Gibson Insurance Agency Announces Partnership with Kim LaMontagne on Workplace Mental Health Program

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Workplace mental health training program teaches leaders how to create a culture of safety

Contact: Shauna Cutcliffe Email: [email protected]

SARASOTA, Fla. (August 9, 2021) – Gibson Insurance Agency and Kim LaMontagne, LLC have announced a partnership to help leaders access several free resources to support creating a mentally healthy workplace culture. In addition, all Gibson clients are eligible for a ten percent reduction in cost for LaMontagne’s leadership training program, “The 4 Pillars of Creating and Sustaining a Mentally Healthy Workplace Culture.” The curriculum is available in three formats: live/onsite, virtually, and on-demand. The main goal of the 4 Pillars is to teach leaders not to be afraid of mental illness. It teaches how to create a culture of safety in the workplace where everyone feels safe to speak openly about mental health without fear of judgment, retribution, or job loss. Gibson and its clients can access these resources at kimlamontagne.net/gibson.

“Business and HR leaders are searching for tools to help support the mental health and well-being of employees.  A healthy employee is a more engaged employee.  It is an honor to work with Gibson to provide their clients with access to valuable resources to support creating and sustaining a mentally healthy workplace culture,” said LaMontagne. “Together, we are changing the culture of mental health and substance use in the workplace and creating a safe space where employees feel safe speaking openly about mental health without fear of judgment, retribution, or job loss.  Lives depend on it.”

Becky Beckman, director of marketing at Gibson said, “it has become extremely apparent that mental health resources for business and HR leaders are inadequate and our clients have been searching for additional tools to help support their employees and families. We are thrilled to partner with Kim LaMontagne, to offer our clients access to training, support, and resources that focus on stopping the stigma associated with mental health and substance abuse disorder. We can all work together to create a healthy workplace culture!”
Upon completion of this training, leaders will have a better understanding of what it is like to live with mental illness, stigma in the workplace, the power of peer support, the power of using person-centered language, and the role of leadership when creating a mentally healthy workplace culture.  A complimentary training consultation can be scheduled at kimlamontagne.net or by email at [email protected].

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About Kim LaMontagne

Kim LaMontagne, MBA, is an international speaker, trainer and mental health in the workplace expert and advocate. She is a teacher and state trainer with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Campaign to Combat Behavioral Health Stigma and Discrimination and a regular contributor on the topic of mental health for Show Me Your Stethoscope, a Facebook group of 640,000 nurses and healthcare professionals. She is also the author of “It’s Ok to Not Be Ok,” and a contributing author of “The Strength of our Anchors.” Learn more at kimlamontagne.net.

About Gibson Insurance Agency

RFW was established by Governor Sununu in 2018 to encourage an environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by substance use. A strong example of the public and private sectors coming together, key partners include the Governor’s Office, the Department of Business and Economic Affairs, the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA), Granite United Way, NH Works for Recovery, the Community Health Institute (CHI), as well as numerous other business partners, non-profit organizations, Regional Public Health Networks, and Recovery Community Organizations.

 

 

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Words Matter.

Language matters.

Imagine you are living with mental health challenges, alcohol, or substance misuse. Now imagine being in a conversation with coworkers who are using derogatory and discriminatory language about a coworker who is “a psycho, nuts, junkie, and alcoholic who just checked himself into the loony bin.”

Would you feel safe speaking openly about your own mental health challenges in that conversation?

The answer is most likely, No.

Now imagine if the conversation were more like, “I am so proud of our coworker. He bravely spoke up and admitted he was experiencing challenges with mental health and alcohol misuse. As his coworker, I see him as a person living with a treatable illness and I will support him through his recovery and return to work. I am proud of his courage, bravery, and vulnerability. Because of him, I am willing to admit that I am suffering too, and I need help.”

Would you feel safer speaking openly about your own mental health challenges in this new conversation?

Chances are, you will feel more confident in the second conversation because of the words that were used.

In a recent survey, 92% of people said they would speak openly about their mental health with a family member, while only 27% said they would speak with a coworker about it. Changing the language when speaking about mental health and substance misuse in the workplace make a difference.

Shifting to person centered language, creates a safer space for people to speak openly because it decreases stigma and focuses on the person first.

Below is a graphic that illustrates the power of words.

When using person centered language vs. discriminatory language, I invite you to consider:

  • The difference in perception when using fewer discriminatory words.
  • The emotions that stigmatizing words evoke and how these words impact those living in silence with a stigmatized illness.
  • How using person-centered language creates a sense of belonging, understanding, and a sense of feeling seen in the workplace.
  • How shifting to person-centered language can decrease barriers for employees who want to speak openly about mental health.
  • How shifting to person centered language in the workplace creates a culture where everyone feels ‘safe’ speaking openly about mental health without fear of judgment, retribution, or job loss. Lives depend on it.

It’s time to normalize the conversation about mental health and well-being in the workplace.

Lives depend on it.

You are invited to schedule a consult to learn how to shift the dialog about mental health and create a mentally healthy workplace culture where everyone feels safe asking for help.

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