DAY 18 | Mental Health In The Workplace: Breaking The Silence

Tell us about your business and how you became a professional in the industry…

I founded Breaking the Silence was founded for two prime reasons:

Firstly, to encourage more people in the workplace to talk about mental health. The stigma is primarily the ‘wall of silence’ that surrounds anyone with a mental health issue compared to those who suffer with a physical health problem. I work with senior leaders, HR teams and line managers to create stigma free environments.

Secondly, by sharing my story I inspire employees who are suffering in silence to speak out and seek help for the first time.

My story resonates with people from the boardroom all the way through the company as the stigma prevents employees at all levels from being able to talk about how they are really feeling. I am a qualified mental health counsellor for MIND and have over 25 years of senior management experience.

My life changed and Breaking the Silence was born when I outed myself in May 2016 whilst working as a Commercial Director for Auto Trader

 

What Wellness rituals do you swear by?

I totally believe that it is ‘okay NOT to be okay’. I spent 30 years in my corporate life putting myself under pressure to be perfect. I now know that you only truly inspire other people when you are prepared to show your vulnerability.

 


What are your tips for incorporating Wellness into a busy schedule?

We need to think about our mental health in exactly the same way we think about our physical health.

We should never hold onto anything and be prepared to share how we are really feeling with loved ones and wellbeing professionals when required. After all ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’.

Our mental health fitness regime should include a good diet, lots of sleep, regular breaks, exercise, fun and time spent doing things we really enjoy.

You can find out more about David Beeney here 

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