47. Breaking the Stigma: Mental Wellness in the Fundraising Profession with Ian Adair



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About this episode

When Ian Adair shares his personal experience with mental illness, he realizes the importance of bringing attention to this issue and how it affects individuals across the world. He takes a stand against the stigma of mental illness and encourages organizations to support their people. 

From an early age, Ian has faced mental health challenges in his family, which shaped his passion for advocating mental health awareness. As he grew older, he discovered the power of sharing his story and connecting with others who faced similar struggles. 

Through his professional life, Ian realized the importance of mental health and wellness in the workplace, particularly for fundraisers who are under immense pressure during these uncertain times. The impact of the pandemic on people's mental health became an opportunity for Ian to push for organizations to take better care of their employees and provide the necessary support. By fostering a culture of empathy and understanding, Ian's mission is to ensure that no one has to suffer in silence, fearing the loss of their loved ones, friends, or jobs.

If you're searching for effective ways to improve #mentalhealth and #wellness in your organization, listen in as Ian shares the truth about how #fundraisers and #nonprofit leaders can prioritize mental health to create meaningful change.

#MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalHealthMatters #nonprofit #FundraisingSuccess #MoreThanEnough


Our guest

Ian Adair, Keynote Speaker & Author


"Those organizations willing to do the deep work to address mental health and wellbeing in the workplace will be the organizations that see the most success."

– Ian Adair, Keynote Speaker & Author


Resources mentioned in this episode  

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team by Simon Sinek

7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership by Linda Fisher Thornton

Association of Fundraising Professionals



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