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CEO Invite to Sixth U.S./Canada Forum on Mental Health and Productivity

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I recently talked to Larissa Herda, the CEO of TW Telecom (in the process of being acquired by Level 3). Larissa reached out to me through an employee who knows me because of my own struggles with depression. Larissa is another example of a leader / CEO who has been open about depression, especially in the workplace, and we had a great conversation.

Larissa is hosting the Sixth U.S./Canada Forum on Mental Health and Productivity at her offices in Denver on 9/26. The topic this year is Making Suicide Prevention a Health and Safety Priority. The participants will largely be business leaders and CEOs.

While I won’t be able to attend because I’ll be in LA, I told Larissa that I’d invite the CEOs from the Foundry Group portfolio as well as my extended network. I know from conversations and our friend “social media” that many of you were impacted by Robin Williams’ recent suicide. And I’ve had excellent conversations about my own depression with a number of you, and a few of you were extraordinary helpful during this time for me.

If you are a CEO and this is something you are interested in participating in, send me an email and I’ll hook you up.

  • Rick

    Since this is such an important topic you should have an email, contact form, and phone number for people to use. Some, like myself, are moving to phone. This is closer to in-person contact and is suggested as a way to combat depression for those that work alone most of the time.
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    The closest large city to me was ranked 5th in corruption and 2nd in unhappiest. I’ve struggled with many of the problems that arise from this and know that there are people trying to make things better. But we’re up against strong forces that make progress difficult.

    • Joah Spearman

      I don’t think Brad is trying to start a help line with him playing counselor/therapist. I think he just wants to email you the information on the event.

      • Rick

        I understand. But I see people suffering with depression quite a bit. So I know it’s important to provide them and the people who help them with every piece of information possible.
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        I was talking with someone I know that was telling me how great things were for them. They said they had the best job and were really enjoying things. Then a few months go by and I see their name in the paper because they were arrested for threatening to kill some of their family members.
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        I worked from home as a programmer for more than 10 years. Working long hours alone like that can cause depression. So I know what those people go through. Depression gets inside a person and it plays games with their mind. People will be extremely depressed and still walk around looking like they are on top of the world.

  • Rick

    BTW I’m still wondering what you plan to do to prevent “I was a lousy board member yesterday” from happening again. I think a process or method for accomplishing that might be applicable to other areas.

    • Rick

      Got it!
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      I was talking with Frank that posts here occasionally. I had one question before I called. He answered it quickly and succinctly. Before I realized. My mind had wondered off into outer space and I was taking our conversation off-topic. Frank said “Is there anything else I can help you with.” Subtle but powerful.
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      After the call I realized that I have the answer I’ve been asking you for with regards to being ready for meetings. It’s called state management. Athletes use it to better their performance. Many people call it a ritual. But it’s really just a way to get the mind focused and ready to do something.
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      You should do some research on it to ensure you fully understand. But I think it will be a great tool for you in the future.
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      BTW… Thanks Frank!

  • http://batman-news.com Jeremy Shure

    +1. I wish I could be there, but my wife is having our second baby that week. But please email me info on it, I will circulate to the team at Active Minds.

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