Mental Illness and the Workplace: Lifting the Stigma With Lanada Williams

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In this episode Diane Randall talks to Lanada Williams about mental health and lifting the stigma in the workplace. They investigate the feedback cycle between stress and depression and how to break free and find help. 1 in 5 Americans will experience mental health problems at some point in their lives and depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide so Lanada details some of the ways you can talk about mental illness without stigmatizing language to open up the discussion.

Lanada is a National Certified Counselor and explains some of the coping tools she employs to protect your boundaries and check in with how you’re feeling. Diane shares a personal story about being physically affected by anxiety and Lanada explains that mental health symptoms can often affect your physical body so you should always listen to your gut and trust your intuition.

Lanada Williams is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Entrepreneur and Author and host of The Lanada Williams Show. She has been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes and on the Dr Oz show, she is a solution based therapist who aims to help her patients realize that mental health isn’t a lifelong problem and can be treated like any other condition.

What you will learn:

  • A disease is a separation from the normal with physical symptoms, but a condition is an internal feeling, for example feeling weak, discomfort or fatigue.
  • People are not their illness; it’s just something they have at that time.
  • Anxiety is a mental health illness that’s severely under diagnosed.
  • Stress is a normal part of life; it becomes a problem when you can’t move forward from your stressors.
  • It’s hard to pinpoint a single cause of depression; it can be a combination of genes, stress or your surroundings.
  • Medication isn’t the first step in treatment for depression.
  • 1 in 3 women experience heart disease due to stress.
  • There are several different types of depression including; major and chronic.
  • Trust your body, if it physically stops this is an indicator of what your mind has told you repeatedly.
  • If you ignore what your gut is telling you, you will lose that intuition.
  • You’re not alone; there is support to be found online, in groups or on podcasts.
  • If you’re in a hostile non-supportive workplace talk to HR about an in-work counseling service.
  • Honor what’s valuable to you, for example make YOU and your family a priority and schedule them in.

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