[37 min]

Working Life introduces us to four adults who grew up in families struggling with mental health difficulties. They reflect on some of the challenges facing their parents, both as parents and as breadwinners, and how their experiences shaped their own goals and expectations.

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The Stories

 

INTRODUCTION/DOUG'S STORY
"The employer was superb."
Doug tells the story of a health crisis in his family fifty years ago, and how his father's employer responded. [4 min]
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PETER'S STORY
"The employee is not the problem. The employee is the employee; the problem is the problem."
Peter describes the effects of a traumatic loss in his family, and the different ways work can support recovery. [9 min]
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TALLIE'S STORY
"No one should be defined by their bad days."
Tallie was thrown into a caregiving role early in life. [9 min]
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A.J.'S STORY
"Employers need to know that mental illness is everywhere. Their own employees have it without them knowing. They need to be encouraging."
A.J. describes how educators and students, employers and employees can collaborate to foster the best outcomes. [9 min]
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CLOSING THOUGHTS/CREDITS
"Not all differences are deficits."
[5 min]
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