Journalist Denise Brodey Has Been Working to Destigmatize Disability and Mental Health for Years. Now She’s Educating Others On Neurodiversity.

Spotify, Google, and Starbucks have all amped up their wellness and mental health support in recent years, with Chief Mental Health Officer-Advisor roles becoming an active member in C-suite offices from 2018. What is one piece of feedback you’d give companies on how they can better shape their wellness-mental health programs?

“Talk less, do more—and share the wins, no matter how small. Much of what you say can be forgotten but what you do and how your employees feel about it can really make a difference. It will allow others to feel comfortable talking about their own challenges or successes.”

Karen Mok, Co-founder of Wellness Community The Cosmos on Asian Mental Health & How the Trauma of Anti-Asian Hate & Violence Affects Her Community

“Even though the search was more difficult, I knew that a big part of my trauma was racial trauma, and I needed someone who would not question that part of my experience. I understood that lack of culturally relevant care was a major reason why Asian Americans do not seek mental health care; I saw that in my own family.”

Marco Capozzoli, Former NFL and AFL Athlete on Mental Health for Athletes and in Professional Sports

“Some online resources that helped me through my dark days, and continue to help me on an ongoing basis are:

The Players Tribune – Users can search depression, suicide, or mental health to access stories, and first hand accounts of Athletes and their personal struggles with ill-mental health.

Start Today Podcast with Chris Cavallini: A personal friend and mentor of mine who went from foster care and being locked up 17 times before his 18th birthday to founding, owning, and operating Nutrition Solutions: a multi million dollar food prep company with a global presence (Language advisory)

Athletes Unheard.com: Founder Malcolm Lemmons, a former professional athlete and author built a media platform at the intersection of athletes and mental health.”

Richie Cartwright, Co-Founder of Fella on Opening Up To Family About Binge Eating, Men’s Mental Health, and Stigmas Keeping Us from Seeking Treatment

“Most of our Fellas are either overweight, or very overweight. There’s a case of when both partners are bigger, and one partner struggles with binge eating and one won’t, and the partner doesn’t acknowledge the partner’s struggles. The interaction is very much like, ‘well, we just eat CRISPS every day’ and the partner with binge eating is like, ‘well, no. I actually do all this hidden stuff as well’.”

Roy Dahildahil, Executive Director of #MentalHealthPH on LGBTQ Mental Health, Mental Health in the Philippines, and Building Frameworks to Drive Impactful Mental Healthcare

“At this time, no new laws are being lobbied in mental health; we’re primarily focusing on ensuring the Mental Health Act is executed properly and that there is proper implementation at the local-level. Like many laws enacted in the Philippines, without continuous monitoring and oversight, the national laws will fail to trickle down to the grassroots level, so that’s where the work of our organizations come in.”

Mindbloom Founder Dylan Beynon on Making Psychedelic Medicine Accessible and How to Navigate Having Family with Mental Illness

“psychedelic therapy has been a pillar of my growth and development for over a decade. I wouldn’t be who I am or where I’m at without it. For me, ketamine’s therapeutic impact has been equivalent to other psychedelic medicines, and having the privilege to work in safe settings with trained clinicians and healers has helped me get even more out of treatment.”

Victoria Secret Model & Mental Health Advocate Ali Tate Cutler On Developmental Mental Health, Body Image, and Working to Replacing Stigma with Hope

“I struggled with my mental health as a child a lot. It was in regards to my own body. I always felt fat, and believed no one would like me or date me because of it. It was only in my 20s that I let that belief go, and then I discovered anxiety about other issues. But the main struggles in my life were always about my sense of unlovability. I just didn’t feel worthy of connection or love and if I don’t keep on top of that, it comes up in my life today.”