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How to Talk About Mental Health at Work

U-M alum Deborah Grayson Riegel leads an impactful presentation on how to make conversations about mental health at work less stressful and more successful.
By Alumni Career Team

When it comes to experiencing stress and mental health challenges at work, many people aren’t talking about it. Why? Because they often feel embarrassed, concerned about the stigma of asking for help, or anticipate that things will never get better. Executive coach and Harvard Business Review contributor Deborah Grayson Riegel, ’93, leads this impactful presentation where you’ll learn:

  • 4 concrete strategies to make these conversations less stressful and more successful
  • The skills managers and business leaders need to support mental health challenges in the workplace
  • How to create and cultivate an inclusive environment for employees and teammates

View the full slide deck from the presentation here.

About the Presenter

Deborah Grayson Riegel is a keynote speaker, executive coach, and consultant who has taught leadership communication for Wharton Business School, Duke’s Fuqua Business School, Columbia Business School’s Women in Leadership Program, and the Beijing International MBA Program at Peking University.

She writes for Harvard Business Review, Inc., Psychology Today, Forbes, and Fast Company and has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She is the author of “Go to Help: 31 Strategies to Offer, Ask for, and Accept Help” and “Overcoming Overthinking: 36 Ways to Tame Anxiety for Work, School, and Life” and consults and speaks for clients, including Amazon, BlackRock, Google, KraftHeinz, PepsiCo, and the United States Army.

She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan as well as a master’s in social work from Columbia University and is a certified coach with the International Coach Federation. You can find her online at

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