I was recently invited to join a group called Event Minds Matter (EMM), which is focused on providing helpful content in support of the mental health of event professionals. EMM can be found on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram, and recently launched a new initiative called Men’s Mental Health Matters, Too (MMHM2).
It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to lead help MMHM2 and work with the dedicated professionals at EMM to further this important conversation.
On Tuesday, March 7th, EMM posted the following:
Men’s Mental Health Matters to Jason Finucan.
For many men, talking about their mental health isn’t easy, but at Event Minds Mattter we have more than one man who is willing. We hope that through our new initiatives, we can inspire more men to join the conversation and help us normalize Men’s Mental Health, because it matters, too.
The idea of equating mental illness to weakness continues to happen, unfortunately, as we have seen over this last year as a community – this creates a fear that only causes silence when help is needed.
For men and women alike, overcoming this fear is a vital step towards ending the stigma.
Today Jason Finucan shares his experiences with mental illness and stigma in an authentic, honest and courageous video. We are grateful that Jason agreed to speak to our followers, and share the lessons he learned as he strived to live well with bipolar disorder since 2002.
Please share your thoughts on this video, and if any of this resonated with you. Our goal is to continue the conversation that ultimately helps the men who are fathers, grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles, classmates, colleagues, sports buddies, and role models.
We hope that you will follow, comment, and share this post – especially in support of men who you know are suffering in silence. Change starts now and even if you change one man, it’s a win.
Founder of StigmaZero, Author & Instructor of the Create Your StigmaZero Workplace Program
I founded StigmaZero to help employers address the complex and challenging reality of mental illness stigma. We offer companies an innovative solution: our Create Your StigmaZero Workplace online program, which is designed to eliminate the negative impacts that stigma can have on your culture as well as the cost of lost productivity. This program creates real, lasting impact on your company’s ability to manage mental illness and stigma.