The Everymind Podcast


Julie Dennis: Diversity & Inclusion vs Mental Health

In this week’s episode entitled Diversity & Inclusion vs Mental Health, Julie Dennis, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at ACAS, joins Paul in this podcast to discuss her passion for diversity and inclusion as well as mental health in the workplace.

As one of the country’s most experienced professionals in this field, Julie shares her personal story from her first relationship to her PTSD and anxiety diagnosis and how these experiences changed her perspective and built her passion to help others.

She discusses the intersection between diversity and inclusion and mental wellbeing, and how they do come hand-in-hand in the workplace and outside. Julie also shares what she and her colleagues have implemented in her workplace at ACAS that has dramatically improved their culture and approach to mental health support for their employees and other organisations; focusing on the impact of human-level approach to workplace wellbeing and not being afraid to bring your ‘whole self’ to work.

Julie Dennis



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