I’ve learned the hard way what happens when wellbeing isn’t a priority at work.
I was always the person who excitedly volunteered to spearhead a new project, teach a new intervention, or plan an upcoming work gathering. I loved being a leader and mentor on my team, and I was always a high output employee.
But all of that changed when my best friend of 10 years was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. I struggled to keep up with work demands while caregiving, and my mental health declined rapidly.
I couldn’t get the support that I needed at work while I was grieving, and I had a difficult time functioning day to day. Once I recovered, this experience served as the impetus for me to help organizations to become mental health informed.