It’s no doubt that mental health is finally getting some of the attention it deserves. But many employers and wellness pros are at a loss for how to address mental health in the workplace. Although it’s important to destigmatize mental health, for those who are suffering, talking about it is the most terrifying thing they can think of. Today’s guest, Justin Kruger, feels that if organizations solely try to identify mental health struggles first, they’ll fail.
Justin is the Founder and CEO of Project Helping, a Denver-based mental wellness organization. He played golf professionally before starting a career in the golf industry. His personal struggle with mental wellness led him to leave the golf business behind to start Project Helping and providing purpose, connection, and mental wellness through kyndfulness.
In this interview, Justin tells us about his story of his own challenges with mental health and when he discovered how helping others helped him dramatically (he calls it his therapy). He explains why if organizations identify mental health first, they’ll fail and what we need to do differently. Justin then explains KyndHub, an online community for sharing kindness.
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Interview highlights (with timestamps):
- [5:35] Justin’s story and the mental health challenges he faced.
- [13:20] The problem with most mental health resources at work.
- [19:23] The experience that changed Justin’s life.
- [25:50] How Justin’s volunteering experience led to creating his non-profit.
- [31:57] Why organizations can’t wait to identify mental illness.
- [37:00] Kyndhub – what’s it all about?
- [42:45] Justin’s tangible tip.
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Justin is the Founder and CEO of Project Helping, a Denver-based mental wellness organization. He grew up in a ridiculously small town in Iowa. He studied finance and economics, which he now doesn’t use at all. He instead played golf professionally before starting a career in the golf industry. Over 15 years he did all the jobs one could find in this industry, most notably staying with PING golf for almost 10 years. His personal struggle with mental wellness led him to leave the golf business behind to start Project Helping and providing purpose, connection, and mental wellness through kyndfulness.