Sam Madore knows what it’s like to struggle with mental health issues while working. She’ll share some of her own story, along with tips on how to have healthy workplaces, when she speaks at a Business Builders Breakfast.
“There’s not enough attention paid to mental health in the workplace,” she said. “Despite the fact that so much progress has been made when it comes to conversations about mental health, a lot of works need to take place when it comes to what’s happening day to day.
“I think mental health is something people aren’t often thinking about; it’s not top of mind.”
Madore has a background in human resources and her talk will include information employers and employees, with a focus on small business.
“With small businesses, in particular, you often have so much on your mind about what you have to do to run the business that this falls through the cracks,” she said. “I’ll share information on strategies for keeping mental health top of mind.
“We need to take mental health seriously. When someone calls in sick it’s easier to wrap our minds around someone having a flu compared to a bad mental health day, but there are mental health illnesses and they warrant a day off at times.”
Get Real About Mental Health (in the Workplace) will take place Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Marigold Cultural Centre. It is part of the Small Business Week events and is presented by the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the CMHA – Colchester-East Hants branch. To register, email Amanda Grant at email@example.com