“As director of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, I am grateful our managers and directors had the opportunity to attend Mindset - Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace training…

Twenty-nine staff members attended this two-part, leadership focused program hosted by Dan Lukasik. Mr. Lukasik was both knowledgeable and engaging, offering firsthand examples and strategies for dealing with the stigma and struggles of mental health concerns in the workplace.

Anxiety, stress, depression, fear, panic attacks, suicide and other emotional highs and lows were intelligently addressed by Mr. Lukasik. Staff was provided opportunity to ask questions and given helpful handouts for future reference.

Mr. Lukasik provided research-based strategies for encouraging work-life balance and creating a positive and healthy workplace culture - something I strive for in our organization. As a result of this training, I believe that attendees now have the tools to begin what may have been perceived as a potentially uncomfortable conversation with employees about mental illness.

I strongly encourage businesses to consider offering this training as it supports good health and a positive wellbeing in the workplace.”

Mary Jean Jakubowski
Director, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

“As fellow professionals in the world of workplace wellness, we know that wellness is much more than physical health. The Mental Health Association’s Mindset program provides excellent trainings to address the importance of mental and emotional wellbeing in the workplace. For many of our clients, we see mental health issues becoming an issue for workplace productivity and job satisfaction; by implementing trainings offered by the Mindset program, our clients can begin to open the conversation around mental health. As said in their presentation, “Creating a Mentally Healthy Culture at the Workplace”, it’s time for employers to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health and treat it as they would physical health. In doing so, organizations can create a culture that’s supportive, positive and healthy.”

Marie Story
Wellness Team Leader at Walsh Duffield Companies

“Heritage Christian Services had a wonderful collaboration with the Mindset program. They strived to understand our goals and customized their program to meet the needs of our organization. Their content experts were friendly, outgoing and compassionate which provided an encouraging and supportive experience to program participants. We look forward to working with Mindset in the future to further support the emotional and mental well-being of our organization.”

Andrew Little
Heritage Christian Services

"The Mental Health Association of Erie County came to our organization and did a wonderful presentation for our staff to educate them on how to care for themselves. As healthcare providers we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves and the presentation was a great reminder, you can’t care for others if you do not take care of yourself first. Our staff was so appreciative. They also came to our Wellness Fair to remind people of the services they have available. We are so appreciative for the partnership we have with the MHA."

Denise Bishop RN
Clinical Education Hospice Buffalo

"Dan’s presentation was certainly a highlight of the session. At Harvard Law School, we work to tailor our health and wellness programs so that the content is relatable to students. The fact that Mr. Lukasik is a practicing attorney who can speak personally and with authority about the unique struggles of the mental health in the legal profession was well received. The feedback was remarkable, so much so that we would like to invite Dan back to present during a session at HLS for the ABA’s Mental Health Day in March.”

Lakshmi Clark
Director of Student Affairs, Harvard Law School.

"It’s so important that law schools, bar associations, law firms, and other legal employers hear from speakers like Dan who have come out and can provide guidance to other students and lawyers who are considering coming out – as well as partners, human resource managers, and others who are responsible for leading the way to better understanding and support on this issue. Dan is a very charismatic speaker who not only has lived experience with mental illness but has also made it his mission to educate others about why and how to accommodate and support other lawyers with depression."

Lewis Bossing
Senior Staff Attorney, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington, D.C.

"As part of our Learning and Development strategy at New Era Cap Company we provide learning opportunities on a wide variety of topics that help managers become more effective in their leadership role. During the summer of 2014, several sessions were conducted on “Mental Health in the Workplace” for managers in our organization. We worked with the presenter to give him insight in to New Era and to discuss some of the key themes we wanted him to highlight in his presentation. Our expectations were exceeded. It was educational, informative and provided excellent examples of how managers might recognize and deal with problems. If you are looking for programs tailored to your organization that support the development of your employees, I’d recommend (Mindset) as a great partner."

JoAnn K Adams
Vice President Human Resources
New Era Cap Company

"For people outside the Mental Health profession, identifying situations where mental health issues are involved goes mostly unacknowledged. The Mental Health First Aid course teaches how to recognize various issues and provides ways to effectively and safely deal with situations for the nonprofessional. After having gone through the Mental Health First Aid course, I thought it would be beneficial for our staff. We are a property management company providing housing for a cross section of people with disabilities. (Mindset) presented a Workplace Wellness program for us, explaining many of the negative misconceptions people have about mental health issues, and how impacting they can be in preforming daily activates. The presentation was originally thought to be helpful in the workplace, and it was surprising how many members of the staff indicated it’s helpfulness in their personal lives. I would recommend the course for any staff development."

Scott Russo
Operations Manager
Q & D Management Inc.

"Sherex decided to reach out to the Mental Health Association of Erie County for mental wellness trainings for our employees and we are glad that we did. Sherex understands the value in our employees and recognizes that their mental wellness contributes directly to their efficiency and productivity while at work. The Self-Care: The Mind-Body Connection and Mental Health in the Workplace: It Makes Dollars and Sense trainings were great speaking topics for our employees. The trainings included an overview of signs to look for when an individual is struggling with mental health issues, as well as tips on how to alleviate stress and other triggers causing mental distress. Employees found out about programs that they did not realize were available to them prior to the trainings through both our organization and the Mental Health Association of Erie County.”

Julie Metz,
Accounting Manager
Sherex Fastening Solutions, LLC

"Mental Health First Aid training helps break down the barriers created by stigma. I found the training to be sensitive, respectful and informative. The training challenges the myths that exist in society. We are reminded that mental illness, just like a physical ailment, is treatable. For clinicians, it provides a great refresher. For persons outside of the behavioral health sector, Mental Health First Aid is an excellent opportunity to gain insight, break down barriers, and educate people that recovery is possible. I recommend Mental Health First Aid for the general public, law enforcement, the media and judiciary.”

Michael Ranney
Commissioner of Mental Health for Erie County