Faking Mental Illness at Work

Faking Mental Illness at Work

A fairly recent   Faking mental illness at work is easier than faking physical illness for a number of reasons.  And with the massive increase of job insecurity resulting from the effect of the Covid pandemic on almost all industries, I fear this is something that...
What is Mental Illness?

What is Mental Illness?

  There are so many misunderstandings and myths about mental illness.  Over the years that I have worked in the field, I have been asked questions that sometimes lead to involuntary raising of my eyebrows.  I suppose however, that I am prone to asking my...
Beware of the risk of Suicide in December

Beware of the risk of Suicide in December

  During the span of your entire life, if you could prevent one person from committing suicide, would you do it?  Bit of a no-brainer I think but there is a reason for my asking.  Although there is of course no guarantee of ever being able to prevent someone from...
“I don’t have TIME” is a myth

“I don’t have TIME” is a myth

As we approach the end of another year, let’s understand what it really means when someone says “I don’t have time”.  I call this claim a myth with good reason in that every single living person in the world has the same amount allocated to...
What is Burnout actually?

What is Burnout actually?

There continues to be a great deal of misunderstanding when it comes to the condition of Burnout.  I frequently hear clients, friends and family telling me that they are “burned out” and when I enquire about what they actually mean, they usually tell me...
Mental Health Matters in the Workplace – Live Workshops are back!

Mental Health Matters in the Workplace – Live Workshops are back!

On Friday 22 October 2021, I did my first presentation in front of a live audience in 20 months…thank you Vista Academy for having me!  I have been saying during these past 20 months how grateful I am for the technology that has allowed virtual workshops to take...
Why don’t You “believe in” depression?

Why don’t You “believe in” depression?

Depression as well as many other types of mental illness, is an enigma to many people. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say, “I don’t believe in depression” or how many people have even taken it a step further to say, “I don’t believe in...
Is it Burnout or is it Exhaustion or is it an Excuse?

Is it Burnout or is it Exhaustion or is it an Excuse?

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, I have attended several webinars related to issues of mental health. The issue of burnout has often been discussed by professionals in the mental health industry and what I have come to realise is that there continues to be a...
How do I convince someone to seek help for depression?

How do I convince someone to seek help for depression?

This is a question that is commonly asked in my workshops which focus on mental health matters in the workplace. Often, it is very difficult to convince anyone to do anything that they don’t actually want to do – I think we all know this. In this blog post, I offer a...
What do I do if my Boss is a Bully?

What do I do if my Boss is a Bully?

What do I do if my Boss is a Bully? This is a question I have been asked on a number of occasions, especially during assertiveness workshops so let me give you some insight and tips. First of all, as with any subject mental health related, it’s useful to try to...