As a reasonably recent addition to JLA, I still find myself impressed on a daily basis by the incredible guest speakers we get to work with. Over the last year especially, the adaptability of our speakers has been astounding as we navigate this new virtual / hybrid landscape. In particular, the demand for guest speakers who can speak to mental health seems to have grown exponentially in the last year. This is no doubt in line with our ongoing entrance and emergence from now multiple lockdowns as we all come to recognise the importance of psychological, as well as physical wellbeing. Now we can begin to examine the effects the last 12 months have had and how we begin to revolutionise and recover.
With much difficulty I’ve narrowed down my personal favourite speakers on mental health for 2021…enjoy!
Nick really has been there and done it all. As a British Army veteran serving on both the frontline, then training and mentoring others within the armed forces, his wealth of personal, practical and professional experience lends a real weight to his story that can’t be manufactured. Described as “Raw yet Real” he’s the perfect speaker to inspire frank conversations about mental health.
An expert in the field of workplace burnout, happiness and well-being Jennifer is a brilliant choice of guest speaker. She provides straightforward, research based techniques to reduce stress and help companies build happier workplaces. Her new book The Burnout Epidemic explores how to manage chronic stress and offers actionable advice on well-being both pre and post COVID.
Distinguished psychologist Linda Papadopoulos engages with a wide range of wellbeing and behavioural themes. Through her examination of why the pandemic was so challenging and the effects it had on our mental health both long and short term, she offers accessible strategies we can employ to emerge in as positive a way as possible.
A speaker who needs no introduction. As a former political heavyweight Alastair gives an incredibly candid story taking us through his own personal experiences. In both his speeches and in print (Living Better: How I Learned to Survive Depression) he examines his struggle with depression and mental illness with a specific focus on the relationship between work stress and mental health.
Beginning as an actor and comedian, Ruby struggled in silence with depression for many years. She is now a leading psychotherapist and respected advocate for destigmatising mental health issues. Her tongue in cheek candour is such a refreshing experience as she dismisses the misconceptions surrounding mental health problems and applies practical solutions to help manage daily work and life stresses before they become overwhelming. A great choice if you want to learn how to cultivate a communicative work culture and encourage personal success.
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