This message was the impetus for The Dialogue Projects, a social enterprise created to end stigma surrounding mental illness and to support programs that provide people faced with mental health challenges with care and resources. We at L&L Consulting are passionate about sharing stories around mental health as it helps reduce stigma in our communities at large, in our workplaces, and individually, helps us all manage our own mental health a little bit better. We are so fortunate that The Dialogue Projects were able to write up this post for us on the value and power of sharing stories - Thank you!
The internet has been a great force in bringing convenience to our lives where there was none before. It helps us deposit checks without going to the bank, it allows us to get groceries without leaving the house, and we can conduct interviews with potential employees living halfway across the world without having to get on a plane (thank you, video chat!). There is no denying that the world wide web helps us to complete our tasks with ease and efficiency...
We often we hear that our past will determine our future. To create a positive future for ourselves, we volunteer, engage in new opportunities, educate ourselves and learn from our mistakes. In job interviews, we speak convincingly about our positive experiences which make us strong candidates. We focus on the most impressive aspects of our resume, with the option of not mentioning any less-than-ideal situations in past positions. Fortunately, we have some control over what others may know about us by being selective about what we choose to disclose. This was not, however, an option when it came to police checks.
In light of the recent tragic crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525, the conversation around mental health in the workplace is being discussed.