My vision is that every leader around the globe will embrace normalizing the conversation about mental health in the workplace and create an environment where employees feel safe, seen, understood, and supported.
My mission is to teach leaders how to create a ‘culture of safety’ in the workplace that fosters open dialog about mental health and supports employee wellbeing, engagement, and productivity. A culture of safety is one where everyone feels safe speaking openly about mental health without fear of judgment, retribution, or job loss.
Kim Lamontagne, MBA
International Speaker, Trainer, and Author
SARASOTA, Fla. (September 28, 2021) – HR Collaborative and Kim LaMontagne, LLC have announced a partnership to provide solutions for their clients to address mental health in the workplace. This partnership brings several free mental health resources to leaders in the workplace that help shift the culture and normalize the conversation about mental health.
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.”
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.
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.
SARASOTA, Fla. (May, 2021) – 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.”
I teach leaders how to create workplace cultures that foster open dialog about mental health without judgment, retribution, or job loss.
I was a top-performing corporate professional, trailblazer, mentor, coach, and leader. I was also someone who lived with a dark secret.
The mental health stigma in the workplace needs to be addressed early and often. Here are 5 tips to understand if a company has the right offerings for you, or will ultimately just cause you more stress.
Even while living through a pandemic that had a widespread negative impact on Americans’ mental health and well-being, there’s still stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace. In fact, fewer than half of workers feel comfortable discussing their mental health with their managers, according to a 2020 survey from Maestro Health.
But while it may feel taboo to discuss your depression or anxiety with your boss, some companies have made great strides in shifting to a culture of communication and support for employees. Companies like Starbucks and Bank of America have rolled out free mental health sessions for employees and access to mindfulness resources. And now that job openings have reached an all-time high, job seekers have the opportunity to evaluate potential companies for the level of mental health support they provide.
Millions of Americans are returning back to work after being home during the pandemic. While this has been exciting for many, some are feeling burned out by their work. What do you do if you are feeling burned out by your work? How do you reverse it? How can you “get your mojo back”? What can employers do to help their staff reverse burnout?
In this interview series called “Beating Burnout: 5 Things You Should Do If You Are Experiencing Work Burnout,” we are talking to successful business leaders, HR leaders and mental health leaders who can share insights from their experience about how we can “Beat Burnout.”.
As a part of this series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kim LaMontagne.
“In the baby boomer world I grew up in, nobody ever talked about mental illness; nobody. I was ignorant about its signs and symptoms and didn’t see it for what it was when it entered my home and took up residence in one of my own children…
“Kim was a top performing corporate executive who suffered in silence in the workplace with major depression, anxiety, alcohol misuse, and suicidal thoughts. She feared speaking openly because she believed it would harm her professional integrity and jeopardize her seat at the corporate table.
“You and John both provided so much deeply important insight into this. And your four pillars are such an excellent way to make sense of it for audiences. Our deepest gratitude to you both!
Publisher, NH Business Review
I won Directors Choice award at a corporate sales summit, celebrated with colleagues, passed out in my hotel room, and slept through the hotel fire alarm.
The ‘Directors Choice’ award is meant for the high performer, leader, trailblazer, and person who is committed to excellence. I met those criteria and was honored to receive the award.
Wondering how to keep wellness at the center of your new hybrid work model?
Now that companies are opening back up after long periods of remote work, it’s a time for readjustment. That includes figuring out how to create a cohesive wellness strategy that benefits employees no matter their location.
Addressing mental health in the workplace critical. Leaders are searching for ways to normalize the conversation about mental health and create a culture where employees feel safe speaking openly without fear of judgment, retribution, or job loss. Listen in as I share my personal story of being a high functioning executive woman who lived ‘behind a mask’ of performance in the workplace alcohol misuse, severe depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Learn how I used my experience to create a solution for leaders that is helping to normalize the conversation about mental health.
Today’s show is focused around mental health. Kim Lamontagne joins Rebecca to share her journey through sobriety. Her story is an inspiring reminder that it’s okay to be vulnerable, and open to talking about your own mental health. It’s also a reminder to check in on those around you. Tune in now and this episode will have you reflecting on how you can open up these conversations.
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.