• Talk about ways that stigma perpetuates fear of being vulnerable about mental health struggles

  • Discuss societal pressure to "keep it together" and the stigma and isolation that follow

  • Tools for encouraging open conversations about mental health by promoting messages of hope and recovery

  • Identify ways that self-stigma impacts people mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally

  • Discuss how social stigma perpetuates feelings of shame and inferiority

  • Discover strategies for re-claiming your own identity and breaking down stigma

  • How to talk to your loved ones about what you need before, during or after a mental health episode

  • Strategies for creating wellness plans on the days you're feeling good

  • Preparing yourself for therapy sessions through self-advocacy and empowerment

  • Awareness strategies for enhancing ownership of self-care practices and mental health wellness

After an unexpected bipolar diagnosis at the age of 17, Erin Callinan, MSW was side swiped with a reality that quickly led to hospitalizations, shame, self-harm, and a medical withdrawal from the University of Arizona. Twenty years later, Erin is a public speaker, business owner and published author who credits the use of specific tools and strategies for assisting her in building a successful career. Employees are well positioned to nurture resiliency and create environments where mental health is valued and seen as a protective factor to overall workplace success. Together we can shift the way we build employee teams which honor and recognize the value of lived experience.