FROM BIPOLAR TO INDUSTRY LEADER.
Yep, that’s my story. In the early 90’s I got diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, medicated up to my eyeballs and living off a Disability Support Pension. And I thought that was ‘it’. That that was going to be my life forever.
Today, I’m a CEO. And doing well. No meds, no therapy, no panic attacks. And thriving. Zip. Nada. Do you think I may have learnt something through my journey? you are right.
Well, here’s the secret: with great difficulty, if you have no guidance. But I tell you what, I learnt shitloads about what it takes to build my personal power, resilience and, eventually, emotional mastery.
So, I guess, if I had to sum up ‘me’ in one sentence, it would be
What I’m about to say may sound a bit ‘rainbows & unicorns’, but it’s not, I promise. Just hear me out…
I don’t mean Mary-Poppins-happy, BTW, I mean a nice, balanced, sustainable sense of wellbeing that can handle life’s usual ups and downs. It’s probably more accurate to describe it as the absence of unhappy and unhealthy.
It may seem like a big ask, but it’s more doable than people think. Here’s why:
Research over the last century shows that 57% of people with severe mental illness recover. Even more when only mild to moderate problems and once recovered, their productivity increases thanks to better resilience & the strategies they’ve learned.
But there’s more to my belief than statistics.
14 years ago I, myself, overcame a decade-long battle with bipolar disorder. It wasn’t easy, but I’m now happy and healthy. And there’s no daily struggle to stay that way. So I know, first-hand, that permanent recovery is possible.
This experience led me to a career in mental health, where I see people recover, just as I did, every day.
With Workplace Mental Health Institute I help businesses identify, respond to and prevent mental illness. We focus on recovery not illness. This may seem a subtle distinction, but it’s a vital one. We don’t teach people to look for problems that aren’t there; we teach them to confidently identify & deal with the warning signs of mental illness so their teammates can get help and recover.
And they recover. Far more than 57%. With better treatments, I’d say that it’s well over 70%
Even better, we’ll help you foster a happy, high-performing culture and reduce risk.