Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces With Co-Founder of Minds@Work Geoff McDonald

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Published Nov 12, 2018, 12:00 AM

Is your company keeping its employees’ mental health in check? Well, they should be.

In today’s episode of the Mental Health Revolution Podcast, Kate talks to Geoff McDonald, the co-founder of Minds@Work, about the importance of awareness and open discussions on mental health in a corporate setting. Some people are afraid to disclose their mental distress to HR. Companies should be more concerned and outspoken about mental health in the workplace. Geoff also emphasizes that mentally healthy workplaces tend to perform better and more efficient.


  • Geoff was diagnosed with anxiety depression. Knowing that he's loved by so many people is what saves him during dark moments.
  • It's time to create images of mental health out there that's positive - not seeing it as a taboo topic. This could convince people to have a check and take care of their mental health also.
  • Mental health should be also taught inside classrooms. Kids should be educated early on about how to take care also of their mental health. We shouldn't wait for a crisis to come first before informing them about it.
  • Why the well-being programs don't work?
    • 1- There's no organization accountability to people being healthy.
    • 2- There's no individual accountability.
  • In the construction industry alone, there have been 283 suicides per year during the 5 years. Though the construction industry is giving out health and safety insurances, especially on-site, there's nothing allotted to retraining mental health.
  • Some companies require reconstruction. The should look at well-being as a strategic enabler to drive performance of the business. Better communication between executives and employees will also help to grow the business.
  • Importance of recovery daily. Geoff sees to it that he finds a few minutes in a day to recover.


  • "Let's create a new positive narrative around mental health so that people will want to engage."
  • "I don't think leaders in organization are emotionally committed to the concept which is a healthier energized individual performs better."
  • "It is about as we begin to try and address the stigma and tell people what to do, we have to be conscious about the level of stigma."



Kate Ashley-Norman is creator of Positive Mind Management, the host of The Mental Health Revolution podcast, and a passionate speaker and trainer about our emotional wellbeing. She is seeking to change the nature and tone of the conversation around mental health for business owners, their workplaces and ultimately in their personal lives.

Kate has spent the last 25+ years running her own businesses, initially working running a six figure PR consultancy agency, then building a multi-million pound international property portfolio. Latterly she has dedicated her time to studying emotional mastery and positive psychology, while bringing up four children, and has used her experience and knowledge to create the Positive Mind Management programme specifically for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

The knowledge Kate has collated will help you to not only better understand your emotions, it will help you both improve it, and supercharge it during those more challenging times when emotional wellbeing can be compromised. Fear, procrastination, overwhelm, powerlessness, self worth – empire building is a hugely challenging process in its own right. The more power you hold within your own emotions, the more you can harness the power of those emotions, good and bad, to the benefit of your business and life in general.

Hugely practical and applicable, this revolutionary approach to mental health is putting the power back into the hands of each and every individual.


Geoff McDonald is the Co-Founder of the Minds@Work. He’s a keynote speaker and a mental health campaigner. He left his work in Unilever as a Global VP of HR to do his purpose in life - to create a world where everybody in every workplace is free to voice out and ask help about their mental ill health.


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