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Leaders must lead the way

Leaders are the people in the workplace who are task setting, handing out the workload and managing expectations. They have the ability to set the tone on how mental health is handled by having achievable goals, manageable workloads and expectations. Sharing their own mental health experiences can be hugely impactful to those around them; normalizing these conversations at work allows employees to feel safe to share their own challenges and feel supported to seek help when they need it. Next time you are speaking one-to-one with a leader consider asking them to share how they manage their workload and work-life integration. The more we speak about the challenges, the more we normalize them and can work together to find solutions.