20. Discussing Mental Health and Mental Illness at Work w/ Melissa Doman, MA
Melissa Doman, MA
Organizational Psychologist and Author
With everything that transpired in 2020, the discussion of mental health at work became an increasingly important component of a healthy, enduring small business. How can you make an impact and create an open culture surrounding mental health at your workplace?
Organizational Psychologist and Author Melissa Doman noticed a major theme of work-related mental health issues in her experience as a former clinical mental health therapist. Blending her clinical background with her organizational field experience, she addressed the issue at its core – hosting talks and workshop sessions in actual workplaces. Now, she’s compiled all of her learnings from the field into a guide on discussing mental health at work with her new book, Yes, You Can Talk About Mental Health at Work: Here’s Why (and How to Do it Really Well) and shared her insights on the podcast.
What we discussed:
- How Melissa’s clinical background led her to specialize in mental health at work in an organizational setting
- How Yes, You Can Talk About Mental Health at Work: Here’s Why (and How to Do it Really Well) came to be and the writing process
- Why we need to talk more about mental health and mental illness at work
- How HR professionals in small and medium-sized businesses can best approach the mental health at work discussion
- Why certain mental health at work trends are counterproductive and potentially destructive
- How small businesses can avoid the pitfall of counterproductive mental health at work initiatives
- Examples of how businesses have been coached or helped through the process
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