workplace mental health speakers
Anne Moss Rogers, Corporate Mental Health Speaker, & Suicide Prevention Speaker standing w/ Leslie Hanson, Safety Lead, Dominion Power

So what are your employees dealing with? From what I see, a lot. And all of this affects retention and productivity. Parents who lose a child have to come back to work. But do they feel supported? What about parents dealing with a child who is struggling? And since the pandemic what about grief and loss? Addiction issues? Do you have employees who struggle with thoughts of suicide?

The pandemic pushed mental health into the spotlight and employees need to be able to ask questions, and figure out where the resources are. And we need mental health and suicide prevention in the workplace to be a topic worthy of attention.

I want to offer a special thank you to Leslie Hanson because it’s not always easy to encourage a big company to embrace the topic of suicide, mental illness, and addiction, or to encourage them to invite a corporate mental health speaker into the workplace to discuss these uncomfortable topics.

The topic title for this event was The Emotionally Naked Truth About Suicide. This one was for 2 hours which had several pauses for questions and answers. Thank you Dominion employees for your engagement and questions, your comments, and index cards. 🙂

Below are the results from the “I struggle with” activity in person and online that illustrate what employees are dealing with.

The post-it notes are from attendees who named one thing they were struggling with. Usually, it’s that one thing that keeps someone up at night. The testimonials first and then the post-it project.

Feedback from employees at Dominion Energy on the topic of suicide prevention in the workplace and at home

“I’m proud of the Company for prioritizing mental health initiatives and enabling employees to attend.  It helps our workplace as well as our communities to provide education and tools to DE employees.”

“The speaker was able to pour out so much valuable and helpful information because of her own experience.  I learned so much, particularly about being a good listener, being aware of possible signs of a troubled person who may be suicidal.  I feel more comfortable letting a person know that I care and ask the important question to help them get help!”

Anne Moss Rogers is a courageous and dynamic speaker. It was beyond admirable to listen as she relived her son’s suicide while she has persevered with purpose to save and touch others.  It is remarkably selfless in the way she honors her son by sharing unimaginable loss and her continuous long journey. We were fortunate to have her speak.

“This presentation was fantastic. Holding more of these presentations will help break the stigma of mental illness and promote engaging, transparent conversation.”

“What a powerful presentation.  I definitely learned that suicide is not selfish – instead it is the only way out to stop the pain.” 

“This presentation was a very personal and engaging approach to a difficult subject. Suicide has touched Dominion recently, and the presentation helped me to understand how others might be feeling as well as how to identify and approach the topic with others. I also found the material extremely helpful as a parent.”

“Very informative. Our ERG (PRIDE) did a lunch & learn several years ago (pre-COVID) which was educational in nature. I really like this format as it was personal, raw BUT still very informative. I have been on the helping/coping side of colleagues struggling and contemplating with self-harm thoughts – it is tough..”

Activity-“I struggle with…..”

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workplace struggles virtual attendees
Online participants
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