The Everymind Podcast


Geoff McDonald: “Stigma killed my friend”

In this week’s episode, Geoff McDonald, mental health campaigner, business transformation consultant and co-founder of Minds@Work, joins Paul in a open conversation about his struggle with being diagnosed with anxiety-fueled depression and how the day his friend took his own life, was a day that changed his life.

Previously the Global VP of HR for 25 years at Unilever, Geoff shares his devotion to ending the stigma of depression and anxiety in the workplace, with hopes to inspire leaders to embrace mental health and empower organisations to support the wellbeing of their employees.

What are organisations really doing to tackle stigma? Have mental health speakers and initiatives just become a tickbox activity in the workplace? Paul and Geoff speak openly about their experiences in this space and how organisations can be held accountable for the steps, or lack of steps, their taking to tackle these issues.

Geoff McDonald



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Lucy Hoyle & Ellie Woodhams: Finding the ‘happy’ balance

In this week’s episode, Ellie Woodhams, Talent Partner, and Lucy Hoyle, Curation Manager at Perlego, join Paul in a candid conversation about how their passion for wellbeing has influenced their roles and the culture of their workplace.Both employees at Perlego, an online digital library focusing on academic, professional and non-fiction eBooks, Ellie and Lucy discuss how they've been able to create a psychologically safe environment at work by advocating mental wellbeing among their colleagues.After an employee sadly left Perlego due to work stress and burnout, this kick-started a reassessment of their workplace wellbeing and culture. Ellie and Lucy talk about how tackling stigma in the workplace through mental health champions and wellbeing networks, they have seen a rise in engagement with wellbeing initiatives and resources. They explain how placing emphasis on creating a better culture has allowed for invaluable improvements in their employees’ wellbeing and how this has truly impacted their workplace. What’s the ‘happy’ balance? It’s the balance between people feeling comfortable sharing their experiences and being aware of workplace boundaries and context.Listen to this episode to find out more!Video version here: Hoyle - Curation Manager at Perlego Woodhams - Former Talent Partner at Perlego McGregorLinkedIn: