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"Stress" & Mental Well-Being at Work 2021

The Need:

It is probably no surprise that many studies have found that the current pandemic has magnified mental health and stress issues for employees. One study in particular (Mind the Workplace 2021, Mental Health America) found that 9 out of 10 employees report that work stress affects their mental health, but only 2 out of 5 feel they are receiving proper support from their supervisors to manage these pressures.


Program Timing

Daily we are inundated with stories regarding the pandemic and how it has negatively impacted the workplace. What you need now is a way to help. The following is a proposed agenda for the training program, Mental Well-Being at Work in 2021. It can be modified and tailored to meet your needs.


    1. We kick off the 12-week program with a live 1-hour inspirational session for all participants (September).

    2. Each participant will take a pre-assessment to tailor program goals and activities.

    3. For the next 8 weeks following, small groups will meet with us once per week via Zoom according to results from the pre-assessment. These groups will be no larger than 15 per Zoom, and we will work out an acceptable schedule.

    4. For the final four weeks, small groups will meet every other week.

    5. Each participant will take a post-assessment.

    6. Further steps will be offered.

Meet Your Team

Tami West, MS, PhD
In 1995, Tami West was admitted to a psychiatric hospital after 2 traumatic student teaching experiences (well, also being pre-disposed to mental illness, tough childhood, being bullied!). She understands what it's like to grow up with mental illness and the many opportunities she missed in school during a time where understanding was minimal. Because of this, Tami became a PhD just so she could understand how to help others live happier, more fulfilled lives. Tami’s work experiences in hospitals, physician’s offices, research labs, public schools, the school nutrition industry, and corporate sales provide her insights that she uses to help others find solutions to their challenges.  Her undergraduate degrees in science and education, as well as her doctoral research in human development, uniquely equip her to teach audiences new information – not the same old stuff.  Along with school-based groups, Dr. West’s clients come from all walks of life, from Danbury Federal Prison inmates (the setting of the Netflix Emmy-winning series Orange is the New Black) to executives at Social Security Administration. Her publications include The Stress Club, Thrive, Life Without the Monsters, and A Woman’s Guide to Personal Achievement and Professional Success. She has spoken for groups in 48 states across the US, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. When she’s not speaking or writing, you might find her traveling with husband & family, reading historical fiction, or watching The Big Bang Theory. 

Michelle Kixmiller, MSN, MAE, RN, APN, PMHNP-BC
Michelle Kixmiller is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Licensed Educator. She works with children and adults with mental health needs including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, autism, schizophrenia, andobsessive-compulsive disorder.

Michelle served as a public school teacher and science department chair for over a decade when a family tragedy pulled her in a different direction. The death of her younger brother after a multiple year battle with depression and alcoholism led her to pursue a career in the mental health field. She went back to school to become a registered nurse graduating and gaining experience as a critical care nurse at a level 1 regional burn center prior to completing a graduate degree to become a mental health nurse practitioner.   Her vision is holistic care through teamwork to create a more peaceful school environment for students and staff alike. No one should have to struggle alone.  Michelle currently works full time for a non-profit community mental health center at an outpatient clinic and works PRN for an inpatient crisis stabilization unit. When not at work she loves spending time with family, traveling, watching movies (not scary ones), running (slowly), and Crossfit. 

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