wellbeing in the workplace starts with leadership
What we’re Listening to this week.....
I Am Here teaches us to recognize when someone’s not feeling ok. It teaches us how to Show you care, Ask the question, and Call for help to start someone on their journey to improved mental health and wellbeing. What about recognizing what makes people happy and healthy?
Popular Irish radio presenter Brendan O’Connor talked to Professor Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology. His appearance on the show coincided with his honorary doctorate award from RCSI University of Medicine and Healthy Sciences.
Late in his career, Martin reflected on his chosen career of psychology and psychiatry. He questioned what the profession was doing well, namely, the alleviation of suffering, and what cripples life. However, he questioned why psychology and psychiatry weren’t more focused on happiness and what makes life worth living. He saw this as a gap and is now working to fill this void.
What are we reading this week?
At I Am Here, we’re creating a culture of care and support. We spread the message that it’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help. This article explores CEOs’ approaches toward mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and why wellbeing starts with leadership. The article talks about removing any stigma from mental health and wellbeing so that people feel comfortable in having open, honest conversations about whether they’re feeling ok. For many companies, reaching that point will require a cultural shift within their businesses, and this article discusses how they might achieve that.
What we’re watching this week...
Hungarian–Canadian Physician and author of ‘When the Body Says No,’ Dr Gabor Maté, has released an inspirational documentary on trauma. Maté has committed his entire life to the study of childhood trauma and talks openly about his own experience growing up.
In his new documentary, The Wisdom of Trauma, Maté explores trauma. He suggests that trauma is an overwhelming threat that we don’t know how to deal with. It changes us and can cause us not to trust our instincts. The film contains interviews and insights from a number of people who have lived through a variety of real-life traumas. Dr Maté asks how we can overcome trauma and what we can learn from it.