For 44 years Michael has experienced the damaging effects of mental disorder firsthand. Dropping out of college, relationship and employment issues, and serious legal consequences were the results of mental illness. Accepting the condition and seeking help were the touchstones to living a successful life.
Motivated by the desire to help others overcome their mental health challenges, Michael resolved to learn everything he could about mental illness. Michael earned degrees in substance abuse counseling and psychology and has been a mental health and addictions counselor for 20 years.
For two decades Michael has given talks to psychiatric hospitals, rehabs, jails, and youth detention centers about how to live with mental illness. Michael has spoken to numerous colleges and universities about the impact mental disorder can have on students and how to navigate college successfully despite a diagnosis.
In 2020 The Society for Human Resource Management honored Michael with the opportunity of a lifetime and listed him on their speaker’s bureau. To become valuable to SHRM Michael began to research mental health in the workplace. The data is alarming.
- 9 in 10 employees report that their workplace stress affects their mental health.
- 60% of employees are not receiving adequate support from supervisors to manage stress.
- 4 in 5 employees feel emotionally drained from their work.
- 56% of employees spend time at work looking for a new job.
- Only 5% of employees strongly agreed that their employer provides a safe environment for employees who live with mental health.
Since the majority of people spend most of their waking hours at work, Michael believes he can make the biggest impact helping organizations, leaders, human resource professionals, and employees improve mental health conditions in the workplace.
Michael’s presentations are informative, engaging, and are designed to identify challenges and give practical ideas and solutions. By empowering leaders, they can positively impact their people, and as a result their employees will be healthier. Healthier people make the people they love, lead, and live near better.
Michael offers strategies that work. He can assist companies delivering keynotes or workshops. Although Michael loves to communicate face to face, he excels speaking virtually. He incorporates state of the art technology, visuals, and educational materials. Michael is second to none at delivering entertaining programs in the virtual space.
Michael’s topics are on mental health and engineered to empower leaders to change company culture. Michael teaches leaders how to be transparent, listen attentively and without judgement, and make their people feel like they are understood.
Michael initiates leaders to be authentic, accepting, and understanding. The results are less employee burnout and improved mental health conditions.
Your employees will thrive, which will positively impact the bottom line.
Michael lives in Baltimore, Md, is happily married and has 3 German Shepherds. Which by the way, are tremendously beneficial for his mental health!
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