“Silent suffering is suffering without the possibility of hope.” Marla Thomas
“No matter how dark things get, things can get better.” Dave Thomas
With so much being said in the media and posted on social media about mental health, the stigma has lessened, but mental health issues are not without preconceived prejudices. With more celebrities speaking out and sharing their own mental health struggles, it’s better, but we’re still nowhere near ending the discrimination that many people face every day. On this episode of Authentic Living with Roxanne, we welcome Marla and Dave Thomas to share the story of their adult children and how you can help stop the biases.
Dave Thomas is a 10x Grammy Award-winning member of TAKE6. Marla is a celebrity realtor and motivational speaker. Together, they are fierce and vocal mental health awareness advocates. Married for 35 years, which is nearly unheard of in Hollywood, this power couple has raised three children in the glow of the spotlight – two of them have been diagnosed with a litany of mental health challenges.
Watch the video here: Learn How Education Can Destigmatize Mental Health and Impact the ROR: Return On Relationships with Marla and Dave Thomas
Listen to the podcast here: Learn How Education Can Destigmatize Mental Health and Impact the ROR: Return On Relationships with Marla and Dave Thomas
Authentic Touch Points:
- A bit about Marla and Dave. 3:30
- Values and respect. 8:00
- Staying grounded at home. 13:00
- A continued connection. 18:30
- Compassion for the diagnosis. 27:00
- The stress of division. 37:00
- Advice for parents. 44:00
Marla and Dave are dedicated to helping families find resources to care for their loved ones with mental health challenges and ending the stigma attached to mental health. Their foundation, Loving Beyond Reason, is committed to helping people with brain differences become productive and healthy members of their communities.
According to the Harvard Center for Health Decision Science, the estimate for the global burden of mental disorders is approximately $5 trillion USD. They also estimate that at a regional level, the losses could account for about 8% of the gross domestic product in North America. Just how much of that amount is your company paying out, and what can you save by being proactive?
It’s time to take action and make a difference! Book a strategy call to discuss mental health in your workplace. https://roxannederhodge.com/chat/