I WAS A TOP PERFORMING CORPORATE PROFESSIONAL, TRAILBLAZER, MENTOR, COACH AND LEADER
I appeared to be happy, confident, a great leader and a top performer. Inwardly, I felt unworthy, ashamed, incapable, and like an imposter.
I was a nightly wine-drinker. My typical serving of wine was between 5-8 glasses a night, followed by blackouts and hangovers.
My high performance in the workplace concealed that I was struggling with alcohol misuse and severe mental health challenges.
Now I teach leaders how to create a workplace culture where everyone feels safe speaking openly about mental health.
I hid behind a mask of top-level performance, with undisclosed depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and alcohol misuse. I remained silent and never asked for help because I feared being seen as week or incapable and was terrified of tarnishing my professional integrity.
As a result, I almost lost my life.
In 2016, I was 7 years sober but sobriety hadn’t improved my life. In fact, it made it much harder. Anxiety and depression were now in complete control of my every thought, feeling, action and emotion.
Despite this, I powered through at work and stayed on top of my game like the “true professional” I thought myself to be. But one day, a particularly observant and caring leader noticed subtle signs I was displaying in the workplace that caused her concern.
My leader was courageous. She flew from New Jersey to Boston to check on me. She held a safe space for me that day, creating a container of safety that allowed me to feel comfortable opening up. That was the start of my TRUE healing journey.
For the first time since I could remember, I didn’t think about this conversation or my personal struggle costing me my job. I didn’t think about losing respect or status. I just thought about how safe it felt to finally let this out.
I TOOK A LEAP OF FAITH
In 2020, I quit my successful corporate career in sales, started Kim LaMontagne, LLC and created The 4 Pillars of Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace to help companies cultivate mentally healthy workplace cultures.
I sold my home, bought a massive motorhome I had no idea how to drive at the time, and committed to developing Mental Health at Work Training.
The 4 Pillars of Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace, represents my personal journey and my passion to create change in the workplace across the globe. I teach leaders how to put strategies in place so no one flies under the radar, struggling with mental health conditions without support and compassion in the workplace.
The most powerful organizations make it possible for employees to remove the mask of fear and shame and speak openly about mental health.
Lives depend on it.
Did you know that shame, stigma, and fear of confidentiality are the top reasons why employees don’t utilize an employee sponsored EAP?
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the impact of unaddressed mental health and substance misuse in the workplace.
the lived experience to bring the human connection to mental health and substance misuse.
the perception of mental health in the workplace to decrease stigma.
a safe workplace culture that fosters open dialog about mental health