More Walking, Less Talking

Walking the walk, as in effecting meaningful change

I am a neurodiversity and mental health advocate. Supporting and safeguarding the mental health of neurodivergent and disabled people is a significant part of my work every single day.

So why would I despite a campaign that claims to support improving mental health, and battling stigma?

I will share with you some of the reasons you won’t see me posting any of these mental health campaigns, created by multi-billion dollar companies, under the guise of supporting mental health.

True mental health support is genuine and meaningful. True mental health support is not performative.

True mental health supports are not virtue signalling. 

True mental health supports are offered every day of the year, not just one.

True mental health supports are not free massages or coffee and doughnuts (although those things are great too!) 

And true mental health supports are most definitely not email and social media campaigns that effect zero organizational change. 

Employers, want to truly help?

Provide Neurodiversity training, provided by Neurodivergent professionals, to your staff. 

Provide genuine, meaningful mental health supports, such as insurance coverage for mental health services.

Role-model and follow appropriate work-life boundaries, including never emailing your employees outside of their working hours.

We must walk the walk, not just talk. 

Instead of #BellLetsTalk, we need meaningful mental health supports, not a tax write-off for a billion dollar corporation.

Read my article in Neurodiversified.


Published by Neurodiversity MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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