NGEN podcast: how to manage mental health issues

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 27 June 2018
Josh McDonnell and Danielle Galipienzo.

Welcome to the second AdNews and NGEN Podcast, a new monthly podcast that shines a light on young professionals and emerging leaders within the media, marketing and advertising industry.

In each instalment, AdNews will deep dive into the industry from the perspective of someone who has only recently started out their journey in adland.

In our latest episode, AdNews journalist Josh McDonnell talks to Initiative communications design manager Danielle Galipienzo on the topic of mental health and the pressures it can place on someone in the work place.

Galipienzo, a passionate advocate for mental health awareness, has completed a mental health first aid accreditation course. 

"In any high performance envirnoment, there is a heightened need for attention to mental health," she says.

"Our industry can be considered one of them, because there is that topic of high pressure and 'burnout' at work. But it's not something that is just restricted to our indsutry."

Galipienzo says there is a real need to address it within the industry, because of expectations such as long hours, demanding clients and other pressures.

"Mental illness doesn't discriminate at all, one in five Australian's aged 18-65 experience some form of mental illness in any given year, which is quite shocking," she says.

"Everyone in our industry is often so social and outgoing, it's really busy and it just feels like people are getting on with things and everything is under control but you never really know what someone is going through."

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The AdNews Podcast is recorded at Forbes Street Studios in Sydney and is created in partnership NGEN.

Readers seeking support and information about mental health can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit beyondblue.


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