- 162 pages
- Standard Color
- 6.0 x 9.0 inches
- eBook (epub, mobi, pdf)
- 978-1-5255-4464-4 eBook
- 978-1-5255-4463-7 Paperback
- 978-1-5255-4462-0 Hardcover
Mental health stigma, Depression stigma, Workplace stigma, Workplace health, Mental illness stigma, Bipolar stigma, Mental illness help
Jason: 1 | Stigma: 0
My battle with mental illness at home and in the workplace
Jason W. Finucan
Mental illness can be treated – but stigma can be cured.
Part memoir and part how-to, this engrossing book is the culmination of a lifetime of unique personal experiences with illness by author, Jason Finucan.
As someone who has experienced both a major physical illness (heart defect leading to open heart surgery in 1988) and a major mental illness (bipolar disorder leading to hospitalization in 2005), Jason realized that the stigma still surrounding mental illness was unnecessarily making his diagnosis of bipolar disorder far worse than it needed to be. And this problem was happening everywhere.
Despite significant gains in awareness in recent years, mental illnesses like clinical depression or anxiety disorder are still treated far differently than physical illnesses, like cancer. As a result of the confusion, isolation and lack of support created by stigma, there is an increase in the number of people suffering with untreated mental illnesses or, tragically, dying by suicide.
In this book, Jason shares his alarmingly candid personal experiences with an engaging storytelling style and offers insight on how we perceive illness in our society today, the important role of empathy, and what we can all do to effect change. His goal is for everyone to understand this important topic so they are empowered to make a real change and ultimately join his vision for future without stigma.
This is a mental health movement – and Jason wants you to be a part of it.
Mental health advocate, stigma fighter, professional speaker and founder of the company StigmaZero, Jason is also the instructor of the StigmaZero Online Training Academy, which features the comprehensive program Create Your StigmaZero Workplace and can be found at www.stigmazero.com.
Jason shares his personal experiences, both in this book and through his keynotes, with impactful storytelling techniques. In order to make this difficult topic accessible and consumable, Jason blends his stories with rigorous research in order to mobilize knowledge and perspective.
An avid golfer and curler, Jason and his wife, Anna, travel when possible to explore the world and make new connections. Jason and Anna live in St. Lazare, Quebec, Canada.
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