World Mental Health Day | HBA

World Mental Health Day

In celebration of World Mental Health Day, the HBA highlighted the many reasons mental health is a vital component in a New Era of Leadership.

  • Learn practical strategies to reduce burnout
  • Increase self-care
  • Create psychological safety
  • Show up as the best leader you can be.

HBA members were invited to seven hours of programming hosted by our global chapters.

8:00 - 9:00 AM ET - Thriving in Changing Environments
Hosted by HBA Southeast

Resistance to change is normal. How a leader reacts, processes, and guides others through change says a lot about how they lead. Understand how worldviews affect our ability to change. We’ll explore and learn the stages, common feelings, and reactions to change. We’ll also dive deep into coping skills, but also healing skills needed in today’s world, which will help you to thrive as a leader, and more importantly as a grounded person.
  • Kendra Jones

Cancelled - 10:00 - 11:00 AM ET - Murphy's Don't Quit - ***Due to an emergency, this session has been cancelled. The Midwest team apologizes for the inconvenience**
Hosted by HBA Midwest and HBA St. Louis 


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET - Achieving Gender Equity in Mental Healthcare 
Hosted by HBA New England and HBA Waltham


World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to discuss why women, LGBTQ+, and non-binary individuals are more vulnerable to mental health challenges and often unable to access the services they need. Evidence is emerging that women, LGBTQ+, and non-binary individuals are significantly impacted by mental health conditions and these can have a substantial effect on all areas of life, such as work performance, relationships, and ability to participate in the community. Although mental health has largely gone unaddressed for men and women, issues of social perception, discrimination, and stigma further complicate the ability of women, LGBTQ+, and non-binary individuals to access mental healthcare services. The panel will discuss gender differences in mental health research and healthcare, in terms of prevention, diagnosis and treatment, from a psychiatric and patient perspective.

Speakers Include:

  • Sarah Akerman, MD
  • Jen Gervasi
  • Cecilia McGough
  • James McGrory, PhD
  • Lesley White, MSW, LICSW

12:00 - 1:00 PM ET - Why Psychological Safety Matters in the Workplace
Hosted by HBA Europe

In this event, we will cover what psychological safety is and is not. We will speak about the benefits of feeling safe in the workplace, and how psychological safety can be fostered in your professional environment..

Speakers Include:

  • Susan Braakman
  • Elaine Stephens

1:00 - 2:00 PM ET - Mindfulness and Mental Wellness at Work
Hosted by HBA Southwest

In this session, we will go over actionable approaches for reducing burnout and prioritizing self-care to perform as a true leader in the healthcare field.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Caroline Carney
  • Gina R. Smith

2:00 - 3:00 PM ET - Women’s Mental Health, Well-Being, and the Mind-Heart-Body Career Connection
Hosted by HBA NY Tri-State

It turns out that a woman’s mind, body, and heart are powerful allies that often help women to achieve all that they do day in and day out. An example of this mind-heart-body connection is how a woman’s body responds to stress and anxiety. Constant worry over one’s job, finances, the well-being of children, spouse, and parents can cause tense muscles, pain, headaches, stomach problems, and chronic and mental health issues. Arguably, many of these symptoms and more have been felt by women as they have unfortunately taken the brunt of the impact of COVID-19 over the past two plus years. There are organizations that are advocating that there are physiological connections between many seemingly unrelated issues - on the surface. Indeed, mental health issues can lead to physical health issues and physical health issues can lead to mental health issues.

This session will present some bold and inspiring ideas of the value behind women taking time to focus on the mind-heart-body connection and how this focus can impact one’s career and overall well-being.

Speakers Include:

  • Beth Battaglino
  • Wendy Lund

3:00 - 4:00 PM ET - Stigma, Support, and Self-Care - A Survival Guide
Hosted by HBA Mid-Atlantic

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five Americans experienced mental illness in 2020. That's 52.9 million people. Chances are you may know - or love - or work with - at least one of them. At least 8.4 million people in the US provide care to an adult with a mental or emotional health issue; caregivers of adults with mental or emotional health issues spend an average of 32 hours per week providing unpaid care. 

Join this important panel discussion for "real talk" about the hidden impact of mental illness in our community, our homes and in our businesses. We will discuss practical tips to protect your own mental health while being an advocate for others. 

Speakers Include:

  • Amy Turnquist
  • Desiree Priestley
  • Dr. Jason Chirichigno


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