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Medavie Blue Cross Best Mental Health Initiative
Aird & Berlis

After a guest lecture for management about mental health, an idea was born to fully address the issue in the workplace at Toronto law firm Aird & Berlis.

“We were inspired to have a conversation about something that doesn’t get talked about a lot in the legal profession, and probably most professionals more generally, which is mental health and the universality of struggling at different times in your life or whether you’re having mental health struggles directly or you’re caring for loved ones and friends that are struggling with mental health,” says Corrine Kennedy, partner at Aird & Berlis.

After the talk, some members of management opened up about the topic, according to Kennedy.

“Our managing partner was the first one to say, ‘We need to do something about this; this conversation the four of us are having is incredibly cathartic — how do we make that cathartic for the entire firm, how do we move that conversation forward?’”

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