Crushing Chaos Podcast Episode 42: Michelle Dickinson
Mental Health Advocate
Now more than ever, as we are locked inside of our homes due to COVID-19 mental health anxiety has been on the rise. However, the stigma that mental health is secondary, or the constant need to be strong to hide what is going on in our personal lives is still the common feeling of those undergoing mental health problems. It is important to remember that even those that we feel are strong still need to be checked on, asked how they are doing, and know that they feel valued and important. Today on the Crushing Chaos Podcast Michelle Dickinson a mental health change advocate talks about mental health stigma and tools to help your anxiety.
Michelle Dickinson is a mental health advocate, author of the memoir Breaking into my Life, and a TED speaker. Her memoir talks about her journey with her mother that has bipolar disorder, and this led to her own healthy self-discovery journey. Michelle spent years trying to eradicate the mental health stigma within her own workplace my starting and normalizing a compassionate conversation. She knows it is all about making the conversation normal to make people more comfortable in sharing how they are really feeling.
She has also spent some time with her own mental healthy anxiety problems after 19 years in the pharmaceutical career. She concluded that career and became an entrepreneur overcoming the obstacles of her own mental health illness and challenging life events. She then started her own desire to positively impact the mental health landscape, conversation, and the stigma that surrounds mental health illnesses.
Today on the Crushing Chaos Podcast Michelle Dickinson shares her own tools on how to help yourself and others you know deal with their mental anxiety. In the days on COVID-19 and forced isolation, we are cut off from our friends and family that we usually depend on to ask us how we are doing. Michelle recommends for you to stay connected to people that you love because you never know when that one conversation could help a person. She states, “Stigma can’t live if we have an open conversation and we can start having that conversation in our homes.” It allows us to give ourselves permission to be where you are and to let go of the need to be perceived as strong. Even if we are not in the position, we want to be currently we can build on that with an open conversation asking us how we are doing and how we are feeling. It helps build a community of those that genuinely care about you and can keep our mental health safe during this trying time. She states, “finding your voice and making sure your voice is the most important to you and getting comfortable with saying no with what doesn’t work for you. Knowing that voice and realizing that loving yourself and self-care is important.
For more information on Michelle Dickinson’s work helping people establish healthy mental health
Listen more about Michelle Dickinson’s tools to help your mental health anxiety on the Crushing Chaos Podcast.