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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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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.

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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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LaMontagne Earns Recovery Friendly Workplace Designation from New Hampshire Governor

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

Contact: Shauna Cutcliffe Email: [email protected]

DERRY, N.H.

(July 22, 2021) – The Kim LaMontagne, LLC team has earned the Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) designation from the New Hampshire Recovery Friendly Workplace initiative. The RFW initiative was founded in 2018 by Governor Chris Sununu to encourage an environment where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change and eliminate barriers for those impacted by substance use. To address the impacts of Covid-19, and the undeniable relationship between substance use disorder, mental health challenges, and trauma, RFW has leveraged strong community partnerships to offer an impressive array of no-cost services, training, and support to workplaces. LaMontagne’s focus on creating a ‘culture of safety’ where everyone feels safe to speak openly about mental health, substance use disorder (SUD), and recovery, without fear of judgment, retribution, or job loss is in perfect alignment with the RFW mission.
            Karen Morton-Clark, a recovery friendly advisor for the RFW initiative says, “the collaboration between Kim and the RFW initiative supports building resilient communities that are educated, responsive, and conscious of the impact of both SUD and mental illness in support of New Hampshire’s Ten Year Mental Health plan. We are excited to have Kim and her team become one of our 285 Recovery Friendly Workplaces who represent a diverse array of sectors, including manufacturing, hospitality, construction, and non-profits, such as Granite United Way and the Dover Mental Health Alliance, as well as all Regional Public Health Networks and Recovery Community Organizations. We look forward to exploring opportunities jointly with Kim and these partners to provide greater understanding and compassionate support to those who have been impacted by substance use disorder and mental health challenges in the communities we serve.”
            “It is an honor to work with Governor Sununu’s Recovery Friendly Workplace initiative.  As a newly designated RFW, I am committed to creating and sustaining a ‘safe workplace culture’ that fosters open dialog about substance use disorder, mental health and recovery without fear of judgment, retribution, or job loss.”  As a partner with RFW, I have committed to providing solutions to help business leaders shift the culture of mental health in the workplace and create safe spaces where employees can step forward, without fear, and ask for help.  Lives depend on it,” LaMontagne said.
            Kim LaMontagne, LLC is committed to creating and sustaining a mentally healthy and safe workplace culture through its participation in the RFW initiative.  A mentally healthy workplace culture is one where everyone feels safe speaking openly about mental health and substance misuse without fear of judgment, retribution, or job loss.  There is an urgent need to address mental health in the workplace and create a culture within organizations that empowers employees to step forward to say, “I’m not ok and I need help.”
            Lamontagne, an expert and advocate for mental health in the workplace designed a corporate training program called 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. LaMontagne is offering a reduction in cost on The 4 Pillars training to all New Hampshire RFWs.
            It’s estimated that there are around 135,000 individuals in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) in the state of New Hampshire, with 75 percent of that community making up a portion of the state’s workforce. Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW) is an initiative founded by Governor Chris Sununu to empower workplaces to provide support for employees in recovery from substance use disorder, in collaboration with New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA). More information on SUD-related information and resources in New Hampshire, is available by calling New Hampshire’s 2-1-1, visiting thedoorway.nh.gov, or learn more about peer recovery services at nhrecoveryhub.org. Learn more about Kim LaMontagne at kimlamontagne.net and RFW at recoveryfriendlyworkplace.com. 

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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 Recovery Friendly Workplace (RFW)

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

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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. (June 9, 2021) – Kim LaMontagne, an expert and advocate for mental health in the workplace has launched a new corporate training program called 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.

LaMontagne explains, “it’s not just about human life. It’s also about a company’s bottom line. Employees who are suffering in silence with mental illness are producing at less than stellar levels. The healthier our employees are, the healthier our organization is.”

LaMontagne was a top sales producer in her company who suffered quietly for seven years with depression, anxiety and intense suicidal thoughts until one day her boss, noticing something wasn’t right, pulled her aside and asked her to be honest about how she was feeling. “She created a safe space and gave me permission to speak openly,” says LaMontagne. “Once I spoke my truth I started to heal.” Now, LaMontagne is teaching leaders to do what hers did, to see the signs and take action.


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.


The live training is available as one full day or two half days. In addition, the virtual format allows for 1.5 hours per week over 4 weeks and the on-demand option is self-paced. All formats include a pre and post assessment, attendee workbooks, certificate of completion and downloadable resources. A complimentary training consultation can be scheduled at kimlamontagne.net or by email at [email protected].

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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.

 

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PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2021

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May, 2021

Contact: Shauna Cutcliffe Email: [email protected]

About KimNew Hampshire native, Kim LaMontagne suffered in silence for years with mental illness in her workplace. Now she’s created a training program to teach leaders how to recognize, destigmatize and reach out to employees.
 

SARASOTA, Florida – Rock bottom for Kim LaMontagne was when she passed out after celebrating the win of the ‘Directors Choice’ award at a corporate sales summit, and then slept through the hotel fire alarm. It only got worse from there.

“My life actually got worse when I got sober,” says LaMontagne, creator of The 4 Pillars of Creating and Sustaining a Mentally Healthy Workplace Culture. “It’s like having an open wound that no longer has a band aid. That band aid was alcohol. Without it, I went into a deep, dark depression because even though I was getting healthy, I was afraid to talk about it – especially at work.”

On the outside she was a high-performing employee, number one, two, or three on the sales leaderboard. On the inside “I felt inadequate, like an imposter, ashamed because I couldn’t control my drinking,” she says, and I didn’t tell anyone at work for fear of being judged or getting fired. “So I stayed silent, which was toxic, and almost killed me.”

LaMontagne suffered quietly for seven years with depression, anxiety and intense suicidal thoughts until one day her boss, noticing something wasn’t right, pulled her aside and asked her to be honest about how she was feeling. “She created a safe space and gave me permission to speak openly,” says LaMontagne. “Once I spoke my truth I started to heal.”

Now LaMontagne is teaching leaders to do what hers did, “to see the signs and take action,” via her corporate training, The 4 Pillars of Creating and Sustaining a Mentally Healthy Workplace Culture, which is available in three formats: live/onsite, virtually and on demand.

It’s not about learning to be counselors, she says, it’s about starting a conversation. It’s saying ‘I may not fully understand what you’re going through but I am your leader and I’ve been trained, and we have the resources to help.’

The main goal of the 4 Pillars is to teach leaders not to be afraid of mental illness. “It’s the same as physical illness. It’s just heavily stigmatized. But we can change that,” says LaMontagne.

“It’s not just about human life. It’s also about a company’s bottom line. Employees who are suffering in silence with mental illness are producing at less than stellar levels. The healthier our employees are – the healthier our organization is.”

This past year has put an unprecedented strain on everyone’s mental health. At the same time the silver lining is “the pandemic has brought mental illness to the forefront enabling people to share their struggles, speak openly, and support one another,” says LaMontagne.

Employees are returning to the office, and a new mental-health savvy generation is entering the workforce. They not only want mental health resources and open conversations, they expect them. CEOS, directors and leaders need to be ready to welcome them with open arms – and minds. Mental health advocate, and former Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, John Broderick agrees, and says, “Kim LaMontagne’s 4 Pillars program needs to be in every workplace around the globe.”

About: Kim LaMontagne (http://www.kimlamontagne.net), 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 650,000 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.

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