Arts & Mental Health Festival

Discovering the wisdom within our distress

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09 Nov 2020


17:30 - 18:30



Discovering the wisdom within our distress

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In today’s society, difficult feelings are taboo. For ambitious high performing professionals, the pressure to appear like we’ve got it all together can feel even stronger. The sea of change now can feel paralyzing, moving too fast to even begin to know where to start.

But what if our distress signals held important wisdom? And what if this wisdom helped clue us into new ways of being in the world, helped us discover new projects, and new solutions to broader organizational and societal challenges?

The Break Down. Wake Up. podcast explores the wisdom within our distress through hearing the personal stories of business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers about periods in their life when things were breaking down and the wisdom waking up.

For the first time for the international mental health festival, we will host a live podcast interview and give you an opportunity to join podcast host Meg Mateer and Jamiu Busari, a leader in healthcare who will share his story about experiencing distress and disruption in the workplace.

This story connects to broader themes like intersection of race, power dynamics and disruption in organizational transition, the impact that leadership transparency has on psychological safety, and the importance of finding safe outlets to unpack the complexity within distressing personal and professional events.

You can find out more about the podcast and related programs by visiting .