How to Start the Conversation

How You Can
the Conversation

Think of the last conversation you had with a coworker about their mental health. Was it challenging? A relief? If you can’t remember having such a conversation, you’re not alone.

It’s no secret that there’s a stigma attached to talking about mental health, especially in the workplace. That stigma is what keeps people from getting the care and resources they need. At TiER1, we’re on a mission to remove that stigma and start the conversation. You can learn about our journey here.

We partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Lindner Center of Hope to create Start the Conversation, a program designed to get employees talking about mental health. Start the Conversation (#StartTheConversation) is about reducing the stigma of mental illness so that more people who suffer can get the help they need sooner. This program is available to any employer hoping to make a difference for their people.

How it works.

You’ll need a champion and facilitator from your organization with the commitment and courage to empower your organization to start the conversation. Through the Start the Conversation program, we’ll provide a toolkit of communication templates and materials to facilitate learning and discussion around the topic.

What’s included.

  • A pre- and post-survey template for your people
  • A communication toolkit that provides the messaging and biweekly emails you’ll need to roll out the program
  • A kickoff deck and final presentation with talking points
  • Online reference materials to use throughout the program

No one can do their best work when they’re struggling with something they can’t talk about. Having a conversation allows people to start to remove the stigma, connect to resources, and become equipped to overcome the hurdle. Ultimately, it helps free people to do their best work.

Interested in connecting with Sarah or our Start the Conversation team? Give us a call at (859) 415-1000 or drop us a line in the form at the bottom of this page. 

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