Emily Davis is a podcaster with her podcast Wandering Mind and has successfully run it for the last three years. Her aim for starting the podcast was to make sure that no one else feels alone in their journey to better mental health.
What she thinks about corporations and mental health
In this episode, Emily talks about how society is becoming more open towards discussing mental health and not treating it as something taboo.
“Mental health is not a destination but a process. It is the drive, not the destination.” Emily discusses how it is significant for corporations to have PTO and sick days related to mental health and not physical health. With the persistence of Covid-19 and more awareness regarding mental illnesses, many corporations have started to change their infrastructure and have experienced a considerable shift in workplace dynamics.
Many coporations are trying to bring change, some are genuine, and some are not. They are not very comfortable, but they’re trying. Smaller corporations are working better for their employees.
Her journey that the relationship that ended taught her
In April 2019, Emily went through a very serious termination of her romantic relationship. She realized that her mental health was declining as her partner was complaining too much about her not being involved. It dawned upon her that she was depressed, which led to a massive disconnection in their entire relationship. The partner was unwilling to help her out and gave her six months to ‘fix herself.’ She started working on herself before the breakup because she thought it would help her, but it didn’t. Since she started taking care of herself, it did help her during the time of separation. Over time she realized that she wanted to share her journey with others as she struggled with depression, anxiety, and ADHD.
How she thinks society is working with mental health today
I got my inspiration from mental health podcasts. People started reaching out to me, and I felt very connected with others in the society because it all starts with a conversation.
As Emily began a conversation starter, she discovered what was common amongst these different people.
We all go through these different things, but we feel the same.
Mental health and society are getting better because now more people are opening up. We are not where we should be, but society is becoming easier as a whole. Events are happening, people narrate their stories, corporations update their policies, and books are being written on mental health struggles. Everything is evolving, and there is significant progress in society overall. The stigma and taboo around the topic have reduced, and there are more honest conversations about mental health now. The pandemic helped in making mental health less taboo. Like at the start, we thought it would be good, but it got worse for most of us, and this allowed humans to explore their emotions and come to terms with them.
The pandemic allowed people to sit with what they didn’t want to sit with and come to terms with it. Without the pandemic, it wouldn’t have gotten better.
By the end of May, on the 21st and 22nd, Mindfest will be hosted by Emily and her team. The event will take place in Louisville, Kentucky. It is a mental health music festival with resources to have discussions and allow people to come together so they can help themselves and others.
“Mental health is associated with very gloomy and complicated things,” so this event is created as a means to create an interactive and fun event for improving mental health.
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