dotdigital Summit 2019: an interview with Richard Pacitti

As
part of our personal development track at the Summit this year, we will be
discussing many of these issues. Our speakers will be diving in deep and
showing us how to overcome and thrive in today’s complicated world.

We sat down with Richard Pacitti, Chief Executive of Mind in Croydon. Richard will be helping us embrace change and giving us the power to start meaningful conversations about mental health.

What do you think are the main things we need to think about when talking about mental health in the workplace?

It’s important that we understand a bit about mental health problems, and how we can notice them within ourselves and our colleagues. We need to understand simple things that we can do to create mentally healthy workplace and how we let our staff and colleagues know that it’s okay to talk about difficulties that they might be having.

What are your key tips on getting a healthy work/life balance?

The best thing you can do to make sure you’re getting a healthy work/life balance is to turn your work devices off when you’re not at work. The more you let work encroach on your private life, the less healthy the balance becomes.

What advice would give someone who is experiencing mental health problems, but cannot or does not want to talk about it to people at work?

Firstly, mental
health problems are really common. One in four people will experience a problem
at some time in their life. You might feel embarrassed or ashamed, but there is
absolutely no need to.

You might think that talking doesn’t help, but all the evidence points to the contrary – taking to other people can be really helpful. You’ll probably find that your employer will be understanding and very helpful. And don’t forget, you can always talk to people outside of work. Friends, family or even people you don’t know and have never met. There are so many helplines out there, designed precisely for that reason.

What would you like people to take away from your talk?

As well as some general information about mental health problems, I would like people to leave my session with a good understanding of how to promote good mental health, not just at work, but in life in general.

I
also want people to start thinking deeper about the role that technology plays both
at work, and in relation to our mental health and wellbeing. If you can make
yourself aware of its effect on you, you can act to stop it before it damages
your health.

Who or what inspires you most?

I get a lot of inspiration from great musician and songwriters, but I also find that just getting outside for a walk can inspire me. Especially near big, green spaces. I find that very inspirational.

If you could predict one thing for the future what would it be?

It’s less of a prediction, and more of a hope. If we’re going to remain sane, we need to spend more time with real people, and real things, and less time connected to our gadgets.

What piece of advice to your younger self?

Have the courage of your convictions.


Join Richard Pacitti for his personal development breakout session at the dotdigital Summit on Wednesday 20 March. Not got your tickets yet? Get them today.

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