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Changing the Conversation Around Mental Health and Wellness at Work [Podcast]

Ways Dental Leaders Can Prioritize Wellness Among Teams
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Dentists, along with other healthcare providers, may experience professional burnout, stress, anxiety, and depression at a high rate. Understanding mental health and taking actionable steps towards wellness are key strategies to reach a life full of purpose, gratifying relationships, and connection. In this episode, guest Alexa James, chief executive officer at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chicago, shares action steps dental leaders can take to foster mental health among their teams and themselves. James underscores ways to recognize signs that someone may be struggling with their mental health. She shares resources to support dental team leaders in addressing the stressors of the pandemic and beyond.

This is episode 22 of Beyond the Mouth, an ongoing podcast series in which ADA’s Dr. Betsy Shapiro chats with a diverse group of people who can help with the non-clinical challenges dentists experience every day.

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Alexa James, MS, LCSW

Alexa James, leader of National Alliance on Mental Illness Chicago, or NAMI Chicago, posing for photo.

Alexa James is the CEO of NAMI Chicago. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for those who are affected by mental health conditions. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Child Development from Erickson Institute. James has grown NAMI Chicago’s presence in the community, not only in media and partnerships, but by building a foundation for organizational growth that has particularly expanded NAMI Chicago’s Helpline services and community outreach capacity.


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