Mental Health Issues Among Nonprofit Staff: Addressing the Elephant in the Room

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Many people are drawn to nonprofit work because they’ve witnessed or have been impacted by some kind of adversity. They’re committed to righting wrongs, and come into the sector full of passion for and drive toward making a difference. But between long hours, wages that don’t match the private sector, leadership challenges, and highly stressful environments, nonprofit work may actually be contributing to mental illness. One in five adults in North America experience some form of mental illness in a given year, and for one in 25 it’s serious enough to have a major impact on their day-to-day activities. Anecdotal evidence points to these statistics being even higher in the nonprofit arena!

Please join licensed social worker Lynn Ivey as she speaks to some of the mental health trends in North America, and offers up ways nonprofit staff can effectively support each other. Whether you're interested in creating an accessible and safe place for those with the invisible disability of mental illness, or whether it's a health challenge you face yourself, this session will put ideas and strategies forward for creating healthy people and healthy nonprofit workplaces.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Strategies and accommodations to create safe and inclusive workspaces
  • How nonprofit leaders can work with staff to manage mental health issues
  • Tips for nonprofit staff and leaders to reduce the stressors associated with their work
  • What those with mental illness can do in terms of workplace self-care
  • The latest statistics around mental health in North America
  • Real examples of organizations who are doing great things in this area
  • Resources for increasing workplace wellness


Your conference leader for “Mental Health Issues Among Nonprofit Staff: Addressing the Elephant in the Room” is Lynn Ivey. Ms. Ivey is a consultant, trainer and speaker for nonprofits throughout the U.S. Her nonprofit experience spans more than 20 years and includes senior executive and leadership positions with healthcare, education, and family support/intervention programs. Her roles have been diverse including: administrator of one of South Carolina’s largest nonprofit hospice programs, director and coordinator of volunteer programs, personnel manager, social worker, staff trainer, clinical instructor, and preschool director. Lynn is a licensed social worker and long-term care administrator with a strong passion for building stronger communities. Because of her wealth of first-hand experience, both in senior nonprofit executive and volunteer positions, she is a sought-after speaker and has been invited to present at national, state and regional events and conferences. In addition to her professional work, she also has a wealth of volunteer experience including: women’s shelters, a theater company, U.S. Navy Family Service Center, and scouting. She has also held volunteer positions serving on the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals CEO Steering Committee, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Cancer Control Advisory Committee, and the South Carolina Association of Residential Care Homes Board of Directors, to mention only a few.

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