Mental Health Issues Among Nonprofit Staff: Addressing The Elephant In The Room

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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Many people are drawn to nonprofit work because they’ve witnessed or have been impacted by some kind of adversity. They’re committed to righting wrongs, and come into the sector full of passion for and drive toward making a difference. But between long hours, wages that don’t match the private sector, leadership challenges, and highly stressful environments, nonprofit work may actually be contributing to mental illness. One in five adults in North America experience some form of mental illness in a given year, and for one in 25 it’s serious enough to have a major impact on their day-to-day activities. Anecdotal evidence points to these statistics being even higher in the nonprofit arena!

Please join Leah Eustace as she draws from her own experience as someone living and working with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) and associated anxiety and depression. She will speak to some of the mental health trends in North America, and will offer up ways nonprofit staff can effectively support each other. Whether you’re interested in creating an accessible and safe place for those with the invisible disability of mental illness, or whether it’s a health challenge you face yourself, this session will put ideas and strategies forward for creating healthy people and healthy nonprofit workplaces.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Strategies to create safe and inclusive workspaces
  • How nonprofit leaders can work with staff to manage mental health issues
  • Tips for nonprofit staff to reduce the stressors associated with their work
  • What those with mental illness can do in terms of workplace self-care
  • The latest statistics around mental health in North America
  • First-hand experience of working in the nonprofit sector with mental health challenges
  • Real examples of organizations who are doing great things in this area


Your conference leader for “Mental Health Issues Among Nonprofit Staff: Addressing the Elephant in the Room” is Leah Eustace, ACFRE. Leah is the founder and CEO of Blue Canoe Philanthropy. She’s an idea-generator and strategic thinker with a wide and varied background in charitable fund development.

At Blue Canoe, Leah works with nonprofit clients through coaching, strategic planning, training, case development and program audits. Her volunteer work is extensive: she is immediate past chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada, a member of the AFP Canada Board, sits on the international board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, is part of the ACFRE Credentialing Board, and a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners Board of Directors.

In 2014, Leah became the 101st person in the world to receive the ACFRE accreditation (and only the 8th in Canada). She was also honored with the 2014 AFP Ottawa Chapter Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award. She is widely published, and a sought after international speaker.

*Leah speaks from a place of personal experience with the goal of creating healthier workplaces for the thousands of nonprofit employees struggling with mental health issues. She is not a doctor, therapist or expert on mental health disorders.

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