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One of the anticipated consequences of COVID-19 will be a massive mental health crisis. The United Nations released a policy brief entitled COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health citing the deep toll the crisis has taken due to social isolation, losing a loved one, and the economic turmoil from lost income. Now more than ever we need to talk about mental health.
I've experienced the "trifecta" of mental health.
- I grew up loving and caring for my bipolar mother.
- I helped build the largest mental health employee resource group at a fortune 50 company.
- I experienced depression due to a life event reminding me that nobody is immune to mental illness at any given point in their life.
My book Breaking Into My Life was written to help myself—along with the rest of us—better understand the world of mental illness. My story of perseverance and triumph helps challenge and transform the “suffer in silence” dynamic, and makes mental illness more understood, treated and accepted.
I am out to do my part to eliminate the stigma by normalizing the mental health conversation in workplaces and within the first responder community. I partner with innovative leaders to bring my programs and mental health strategies to help them cultivate cultures of compassion for those living with or caring for those with invisible disabilities. My Resilience webinar has made an impact with empowering hundreds of employees during COVID-19 quarantine.
Mental Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19 (Free PURE Resilience Webinar)
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1. Your advocacy for bringing awareness of mental health is a passion of yours because of your own experience with mental health, tell us about your "trifecta" of mental health.
2. Statistics say that mental health illness is the most expensive illnesses in healthcare, why do you think that?
3. You say that $1 spent in investing in mental health in the workplace has a $3-$5 return, how is that?
4. I am surprised to hear that there is still a stigma with mental illness, how has that affected those who need help?
5. You created 5 steps to cultivating a culture of compassion, what are those steps?
6. Tell us about your memoir Breaking Into Life. Why did you write it?
7. You also have a youth program entitled Perfect, Just The Way You Are, tell us about that.
8. What do you say to people who are suffering with mental illness themselves or as a caregiver? If you bring it up are they immediately offended by that?
9. Do people fear mental illness? Why is this fear of mental illness unreasonable?
10. Whenever mental illness is discussed in the media, it’s always because a horrible thing happened. People act as if this is a one in a million experience. Considering that so many people are living with mental illness themselves or are a parent or a child of someone with mental illness, what can we do to normalize mental illness and make it relatable?
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