Episode 4, Season 2

The Role of Storytelling in Mental Health

Alisa LaPolt, Policy & Advocacy Director of NAMI Tennessee and a mental health storyteller, joins us to discuss the investments being made in expanding access to mental health services and how storytelling can reduce the stigma around mental illness.

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Episode Description

Alisa LaPolt is the Policy & Advocacy Director of NAMI Tennessee and a mental health storyteller helping organizations understand and navigate the trends, conversations and importance of mental health in the midst and wake of some of the most complex, divided and stressful times in history. In this episode of How It’s Done, we discuss the investments being made in expanding access to mental health services, highlight a few corporate leaders in the space, discuss key legislation/policy making its way through local / state / federal bodies, and home in on the role of authenticity + CorpComms teams when organizations consider how to address one of the most important health issues of our time.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why corporate executives need to have conversations about mental health
  • The impact of COVID-19 on mental health in the workplace
  • NAMI Tennessee’s legislative agenda and advocacy plans for 2021
  • Telehealth’s potential impact on those struggling with mental illness
  • The benefits of old-fashioned letter writing to move legislation forward
"The biggest thing I see as far as telehealth is providing an opportunity for people to realize that they're not alone. There's so much isolation that comes with mental illness. You feel like you're the only one who feels this way or you're embarrassed or ashamed."
Alisa LaPolt
Policy & Advocacy Director, NAMI Tennessee

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