In his keynote talk, Dr. Goldbloom will address mental illness from multiple aspects: what it is … and what it isn’t, how common it is, who is at risk, and what is its impact. In particular, the impact on professional, as well as personal lives, on workplaces and society at large, will be considered. Barriers to getting effective help, including pervasive stigma, will also be discussed. Finally, effective solutions will be reviewed. Whether it’s an audience oil and gas pipefitters in Empress, Alberta to wealth managers on Bay Street, from elementary school teachers to lawyers, a wide array of industries benefit from better understanding of how to manage mental health in the workplace.
Goldbloom provides a broad overview, challenges stereotypes, and includes history as well as excitement about the future. He looks in detail at our beliefs, attitudes and behaviours toward people with mental illness and is equally suitable for lay and health professional audiences.
This talk has been given at the Stratford Festival, at teaching hospitals and universities, and in community settings. It’s an entertaining exploration of the creative process and how it relates to mental health, invoking some of the latest scientific research about the nature of the association.