Greg Vogt is a professional mental health speaker with Active Minds, the nation’s premier nonprofit mental health organization for young adults. Director of Clinical Outreach for Charlie Health oversees Northern California and author of The Battle Against Yourself. Greg also serves as a board member, board member of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance in California. He is passionate about advocating for mental health and suicide prevention.
Breaking the Stigma and Creating a Supportive Environment
Stigma, shame, and guilt are common emotions that prevent individuals from seeking help or discussing mental health issues. These feelings stem from the fear of being judged or perceived as weak. However, by pushing through and having transparent conversations, these emotions can be overcome, leading to growth and improved mental health. It takes courage to take the first step, but small steps and leading by example can have a positive impact on both personal and workplace well-being.
The Importance of Mental Health in the Workplace
Society tends to view mental health negatively, believing that it is something that can be fully controlled. In reality, mental health is just as important as physical health and should be prioritized for overall health and happiness. Leaders and individuals at all levels can promote a culture of openness and support by encouraging mental health conversations and creating a safe space for discussion. This not only benefits employees but also has a positive impact on productivity and achieving organizational goals.
Empathy is Key
Mental health support comes in many forms, and sometimes just being present and listening to someone can make a huge difference. Empathy is crucial in building trust and establishing meaningful relationships, and when we put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, we can better understand and connect with them on a deeper level. Small actions, such as showing up and being present for others, can have a huge impact in creating a more supportive and caring environment for everyone.
In conclusion, mental health support starts with small actions and can have life-saving effects. It’s time to change society’s negative perception of mental health and create a more supportive environment where individuals feel comfortable seeking help and discussing their struggles. By prioritizing mental health and leading by example, we can promote growth, boost productivity, and improve overall well-being for everyone.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.