Bell Let’s Talk was over a month ago. But we need to do that all year. Mental Health Stigma stops us from having frank discussions that make all the difference at work or at home.
So, in the pursuit of giving us another opportunity to talk, I did a webinar(my first) and invited folks to a conversation afterwards. Below is the video of what I taught. Continue reading
Twas the night before New Year’s
Doing an annual review
Folks were getting frustrated shouting
“Hey, where’s the corkscrew?” Continue reading
Published on HuffPost.
Anger or anxiety disables our thinking brain. We need to re-calibrate what we are thinking in order to reclaim our emotional balance. That being said, when someone is putting pressure on us or elevating our blood pressure, stepping back and approaching things differently can help improve the outcome. Continue reading
(Published in Huffington Post)
Years ago, as a single mom I was working very hard to reinvent myself with very few credentials to my name. My financial and emotional bank accounts were constantly being drained with demands and responsibilities. There were days where I would have preferred to stay in bed for a month, but I got out of bed, painted on a smile and picked up my boxing gloves; just like every under-employed single mom I knew.
At work, I had a colleague named Raj. He had a Master’s degree in Mathematics, came from a prominent family, and was newly engaged to a professional woman. They were living the dream and had life by the balls! Continue reading
(Published in Huffington Post)
OK. So every week I sit and write an article. I try to be practical and use my critical thinking skills looking to give people tools. Honestly, this week, I was truly distracted and disgusted by the Access Hollywood video and subsequent denials by the Republican nominee. While people are asking themselves if he should get a pass because they don’t like his opponent, my mind has gone straight to his victims and how courageous they are. But also, to the victims that are keeping silent out of fear of reprisals from this litigious and entitled wealthy monster. Continue reading
So you think you are observant. Everyone seems to be getting along. After all, they come to work everyday and smile when you walk by. If people weren’t communicating well, you’d know! Right?
Today, I decided to do a quick video to share my thoughts on this.
On January 27th, for the 6th year, Bell Canada is rolling out their incredible “Let’s Talk Program”. They are committed to developing anti-stigma programs in Canadian organizations and offering solutions to Mental Health issues which plague us all.
Let’s get this straight. Mental Health is Physical. The brain is part of your body! We need to protect it and care for it properly.
In this short video, I share a personal story of how the lessons of stigma affected my ability to speak up and ask for help. I’m one of the lucky ones in that I am OK today. But it was a harder road than it needed to be and if I can help you feel a little less alone, here you go.
If you are wondering about if you should do more about your mental health, just asking that question means that the answer is a resounding YES! Don’t wait for a crisis. I’m going to be blunt here. If you are saying “it’s OK, I’m used to this stress”. Duh. It’s NOT OK and people shouldn’t be “used to” anything chronically unhealthy!
If you are worried about someone you love, there are ways to engage in a conversation to help them not self-stigmatize and accompany them to getting help while protecting your own mental health. If you are risking your mental health to get them health, refer to the paragraph above. .
If you would like me to come to your company or organization to Demystify Mental Illness in the workplace, I’d love to hear from you. Education is key to better outcomes.
Feel free to contact me with private messages. May God bless you and protect your brain and those around you!
I was reading this cool hack that offers the “Doorknob Practice for Self-Engagement” as a mindfulness practice. It brought me back to the many rave reviews my clients have given me after I have taught them this simple (and a little silly) trick when the stress levels are high. When my clients have used my “Potato Sack Meditation” under periods of stress, they invariably tell me how surprised they are at how quickly it made a difference.
What’s your favorite stress-buster hack? The easiest or silliest one you’ve used? I’d love to hear from you!
If you’d like to talk live, you can take advantage of my intro to coaching and grab a spot on my scheduler. Just click here and let’s talk.
Being an Educator and Process Driven Facilitator is an art form. Some of it is instinctive, and other bits you learn from books. It is extremely different than teaching from a curriculum. I’ve done both. Curriculums are useful but no curriculum can prepare for every contingency, personality or belief system of every participant who enters the room.
A true professional has to be ready to serve and flexible to the context of the moment. Below, I share a recent experience in this video and what happened when I changed my program 10 minutes in. The hiring event planner was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.
This past Saturday, I was in a Professional Speaking Competition and I had to shrink a program I teach into a 10 minute keynote. Yikes. 100 people in the audience were the judges.
I was intimidated by the fact that most of my opponents had been professional speakers much longer than I have. One of them for 15 years more than me and she was talking about the same topic. Double yikes!
I decided that since it was unlikely that I would win one of the 3 prizes, I wanted to have some good video to use in my marketing. I didn’t have video of me with a head mic on a raised platform. Continue reading