Removing the Silence Around Mental Illness with Michelle Dickinson
Meet Our Guest:
Michelle—a passionate potter who loves to spend time her two Jack Russell Terriers, Chloe and Trooper, and her rescue cat, Chance—has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 18 years. She is currently an associate director at Johnson & Johnson, a company she adores because it feels like her second family. At J&J, Michelle is proud to be amongst the leadership team of the company’s Mental Health Diplomat employee resource group. She also designed and implemented “Perfect, Just the Way You Are,” a powerful wellness after-school enrichment program for under-served communities that focuses on taking care of the body though diet and exercise while bolstering self-confidence and self-love. http://www.breakingintomylife.com
Last week I interviewed Michelle about her book Breaking Into My Life and learned about the many challenges that she dealt with being raised by a mom dealing with a bi-polar disorder. This week I invited Michelle back to dig deeper into how we can help our future generations deal with this challenge.
Tune into the show to hear some unsettling statistics on how far reaching mental illness is and get some wonderful insights on what each of us can do to make a difference for the over 260 million kids dealing with this challenge. Michelle also provided resources like www.18Percent.org as well as Active Minds Clubs which provide kids with a non-judgmental space to talk about what is going on for them.
You can pick up a sample from Michelle’s book on her website breakingintomylife.com and find out how to bring Michelle to your school, club or group to help remove the silence around mental illness for future generations.