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 .



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  • Jamiu Busari
    Jamiu Busari
    Associate professor of medical education

    Jamiu Busari is an associate professor of medical education at Maastricht University, Department Chair and former Program Director of the specialist training program at the Department of Pediatrics at the Zuyderland Medical Center.

    Jamiu lived and studied in England, Nigeria, Curacao, Netherlands, Canada, and the United States. His personal and professional approach to life has been defined by his exposure to diverse cultural backgrounds. Jamiu is a public speaker, writer, educator, and healthcare leader. As an advisor to different healthcare and educational organizations within and outside the Netherlands, he is a fervent advocate for diversity, social accountability, and social responsibility towards the less privileged in society. He is a recipient of various awards including an Educational Leadership Award (2015), Clinician of the Year award (2015) and the International Residency Educator Award (2016).

  • Meg Mateer
    Meg Mateer
    Social entrepreneur and organizational psychologist

    Meg Mateer is a former global management consultant turned social entrepreneur and
    organizational psychologist. Her work focuses on helping high-performing, passion-driven
    professionals and organizations discover the wisdom within periods of distress and use it to help
    not only transform their lives and systems but also inspire new solutions to broader challenges.
    She is the founder of Empatiko, a company that helps foster human connection in business and
    beyond by developing programs that explore strategic priorities in combination with deeper
    personal and relational discovery. She is also the host of the Break Down. Wake Up. podcast
    and online group program (

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 09 Nov 2020
  • Time: 11:30 - 12:30