The way we live and work is making us sick. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States struggle with some form of mental illness each year.  We rank third in terms of the rate of depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol use in the world.  Yet, the stigma around mental illness keeps us in denial, paralyzed, hopeless and in fear.

 

Whether you live with mental illness, love someone with mental illness, work with or manage someone with mental illness, chances are you feel lost, confused and maybe even hopeless. You may be suffering in silence. As a friend or loved one, you may want to help, but don't know how. As a leader, you know the people you lead aren't reaching their full potential (and the bottom line is suffering), but you aren't sure what to do. Or, you have come face to face with an employee who was in the midst of a mental health crisis and you wish you had been better prepared.

 

When people thrive, families, organizations and communities thrive. One of my greatest joys is helping people and organizations realize their full potential. And after more than 20 years in various leadership positions and my own journey with depression, anxiety, and complex ptsd, I believe we can do more to help people live and work with passion, purpose and joy in spite of mental illness.