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I had the pleasure of collaborating with the Future Leaders of Ontario, an interdepartmental network of federal public service employees from across Ontario, committed to supporting professional development and growth. The end result is part of the #MinuteMentoring series and a product that I am very proud of, the #NeverGiveUp video.

The video begins with a reference to the Mental Health Continuum Model, a great tool that can be used by anyone to gauge their mental health.


I follow this up with tips on how to prevent ill mental health from three different perspectives:

  1. Employee
  2. Manager
  3. Parent

Prevention is easier than intervention and I encourage employees to reach out for help sooner rather than later. Talk to someone you trust who will listen without judgment and treat yourself like you would a friend. Never Give Up!

Managers, you play a key role when it comes to your own well-being, as well as the well-being of your team members. Put mental health on the agenda! Talk about it openly and ask yourself – am I modeling behaviours that contribute to a respectful workplace? Do all team members feel included? Remember to Never Give Up!

Did you know that 1 in 5 teens considers suicide? Parents – have that talk! Let them know they’re not alone and when they talk – listen! Don’t try to fix everything all at once. Most importantly, Never Give Up!

Most people either don’t know what to say or are afraid of saying the wrong thing. The video ends with 10 conversation starters to promote dialogue. Most are five words or less and this is intentional. There’s a good reason why we have two ears and one mouth! Examples include:

  • Let’s figure this out together.
  • You’re not alone; I’m here.
  • You’re in a safe space.
  • Are you thinking about suicide?

I hope that you find the video helpful and remember – Never Give Up!

About Darlene Marion

In 2015, I decided to disclose that I live with mental illness by sharing my story publicly through a Toddcast (http://www.toddlyons.ca/2015/09/toddcast-season-1-episode-2-mental.html). Although it wasn't easy, it was necessary. It allowed me to start living my life without shame or guilt or fear. By sharing my story, I want to help eliminate stigma and spread the message of hope and recovery.

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