This week we begin a new series on depression in the workplace. My first guest is Geoff Smith, who heads LL Bean’s Employee Assistance Program, or EAP. We talk about what an EAP can do to destigmatize depression within a company, and why it’s in every employer’s best interest to identify and help workers who may be struggling with it. Geoff describes some of the reasons why workplace depression is rising worldwide, and the elements that make a job more or less likely to bring on depression.
My guest this week is researcher Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, who studies the impact of stigma on adolescents. Her research has demonstrated that when schools are made safer for LGBTQ kids, they are safer for everyone, including the largest group targeted by anti-gay bullying: straight boys.
We continue our series on hidden feelings this week with two stories about guilt, the kind we feel when we believe we didn’t do enough at the end of a parent’s life. We’ll hear from people who were troubled by the way they failed to show up for their parents, and discuss the process of finding relief from that guilt.
We conclude our series on living with anxiety with three segments on different topics related to the subject. First up is a conversation with philosophy professor Peter Hallward about the connection between anxiety and existentialism. Then author and book reviewer Reeve Lindbergh discusses Susan Cain’s take on introversion in the 2013 book Quiet. We close with a comparative review of apps for reducing anxiety by Rob McGinley Myers of the blog Anxious Machine.
Ten-year-old Maiya takes us into the world of childhood phobias, describing what it was like to live with overwhelming anxiety about sickness, and how she found help. Now she is creating a website of fear-reducing games to help other kids who suffer with anxiety.