8 episodes

There are so many conversations around how to perform at work—and on the flip side, how to take care of your mental health. But what about caring for your mental health at work, a place we’ll spend nearly ⅓ of our lives?

From the Shine app’s co-founders Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi comes “Friends With Mental Health Benefits,” a podcast highlighting the untold mental health stories of founders and senior leaders. Hear how folks navigate their own wellbeing in the workplace and support the mental health of their teams—especially those most marginalized.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.5 • 76 Ratings

There are so many conversations around how to perform at work—and on the flip side, how to take care of your mental health. But what about caring for your mental health at work, a place we’ll spend nearly ⅓ of our lives?

From the Shine app’s co-founders Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi comes “Friends With Mental Health Benefits,” a podcast highlighting the untold mental health stories of founders and senior leaders. Hear how folks navigate their own wellbeing in the workplace and support the mental health of their teams—especially those most marginalized.

    Faye McCray — Walking In Your Purpose

    Faye McCray — Walking In Your Purpose

    One of Faye McCray’s biggest focuses as a mom: Giving her sons an example of what happiness looks like. In this episode, the editor-in-chief of PsychCentral and former attorney talks with Marah about pursuing her second act as a journalist, building a more inclusive conversation around mental health, and creating space as a leader for the days when people aren’t OK.

    • 45 min
    Trinity Mouzon Wofford — Quieting the Noise of Negative Self-Talk

    Trinity Mouzon Wofford — Quieting the Noise of Negative Self-Talk

    When Trinity Mouzon Wofford feels imposter syndrome creeping in, she’s learned to remind herself: Sitting in that place of fear won’t help her build the life she wants. In this episode, the co-founder and CEO of Golde, a Brooklyn-born health and beauty brand, talks with Marah and Naomi about finding a new perspective in the noise of negative self-talk, her journey to building grit, and what it means to create a new model of DEI that supports employees’ whole self.

    Friends with Mental Health Benefits is brought to you by Shine at Work, an employee wellbeing program rooted in culturally competent care from the team behind the award-winning Shine app. Learn more about Shine at Work by heading to theshineapp.com/benefits.

    • 39 min
    Alisha Johnson Wilder — We Do the Heart Work

    Alisha Johnson Wilder — We Do the Heart Work

    As Apple’s Director of Environment, Policy & Social Initiatives/Racial Equity & Justice Initiative (REJI), Alisha Johnson Wilder’s work can collide with so much of what’s heavy today. How she navigates it: By giving herself—and her team—time and space to process. In this episode, Alisha talks with Shine's co-founder Marah Lidey about how she cares for her mental health as a leader in the DE&I space, what helped her overcome imposter syndrome, and the ways we can build a more inclusive tech sector. Content warning: Today’s episode mentions racial injustice, racial violence, and mass shootings.

    Friends with Mental Health Benefits is brought to you by Shine at Work, an employee wellbeing program rooted in culturally competent care from the team behind the award-winning Shine app. Learn more about Shine at Work by heading to theshineapp.com/benefits.

    • 51 min
    Jen Fisher — What I Learned From Burning Out

    Jen Fisher — What I Learned From Burning Out

    In the midst of total burnout, Jen Fisher was ready to step away from her career at Deloitte. But instead: A compassionate manager truly listened to Jen’s needs, giving her the time and space to re-envision her career in a way that served her. Now: Jen’s the first-ever chief well-being officer at Deloitte, leading the firm’s US health and wellness program for more than 100,000 professionals. In this episode, Jen talks with Marah and Naomi about her burnout journey, how vulnerability can help leaders build psychological safety in the workplace, and why we should all challenge the notion of “work-life balance.”

    Friends with Mental Health Benefits is brought to you by Shine at Work, an employee wellbeing program rooted in culturally competent care from the team behind the award-winning Shine app. Learn more about Shine at Work by heading to theshineapp.com/benefits.

    • 41 min
    Andy Dunn — Living & Leading With Bipolar 1 Disorder

    Andy Dunn — Living & Leading With Bipolar 1 Disorder

    As the co-founder of clothing brand Bonobos, Andy Dunn led the company to a $310 million acquisition by Walmart in 2017—a dream feat for any startup. But what was happening behind the scenes: His struggle navigating bipolar 1 disorder. In this episode, Andy talks with Marah and Naomi about the power—and fear—in disclosing his mental health journey, the daily habits that help him navigate his disorder, and the importance of feeling fully known by at least one person in the workplace.

    Andy’s new book, Burn Rate: Launching a Startup and Losing My Mind, is available now.

    Content warning: Today’s episode mentions bipolar 1 disorder, depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, and suicidal thoughts. Please take care of yourself, and if you need support the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 800-273-8255. Things can get better.

    Friends with Mental Health Benefits is brought to you by Shine at Work, an employee wellbeing program rooted in culturally competent care from the team behind the award-winning Shine app. Learn more about Shine at Work by heading to theshineapp.com/benefits.

    • 54 min
    Sarah Jones Simmer — Let Yourself Choose Joy and Gratitude

    Sarah Jones Simmer — Let Yourself Choose Joy and Gratitude

    What if you only had five years to live? How would you show up differently at work and in your personal life? These were questions that Sarah Jones Simmer, CEO of weight care startup Found and a former executive at Bumble, faced after a May 2020 diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer—and a potential worst-case prognosis from a doctor. Now one-year cancer-free, the experience fundamentally changed how she lives her life today. In this episode, Sarah talks with Shine’s co-founders Marah and Naomi about reprioritizing joy and gratitude in her life, her approach to building workplaces where people can show up authentically, and how vulnerability can help us all conquer mental health stigma.

    Friends with Mental Health Benefits is brought to you by Shine at Work, an employee wellbeing program rooted in culturally competent care from the team behind the award-winning Shine app. Learn more about Shine at Work by heading to theshineapp.com/benefits.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

theoriginallisabway ,

Friends with Mental Health Benefits

I too, have followed Marah and Naomi since they started the Shine app; and Friends with Mental Health Benefits is an excellent addition to the Shine app’s other podcast, the Daily Shine. They are both really great interviewers and I’m really enjoying listening. Very well done, and thank you both!!

jennj_bee ,

Not great

Listened to about half of the episode with the Apple DEI person. As someone in DEI leadership position at a national foundation, I was really interested in this conversation. The hosts state that they want to focus on the intersection of “marginalized” identities and mental health. I wish the hosts were more intentional about asking their guests to talk and share explicitly about their identities at the beginning of the conversation. I didn’t know until halfway through this podcast that the Apple leader was a person of color, I assumed she was black because she alluded to where people talking to her about George Floyd. I had to google her to confirm who she is.

I just think it would be more helpful (and true to racial Justice frameworks) for guests and hosts to name their identities. By voice it is hard to know who someone is.

I probably won’t continue listening to this pod as I wasn’t impressed.

veeteegee ,

Every episode brings a new and necessary perspective

I’ve been following Shine for many years and this latest podcast is a beautiful reflection of everything I love about this organization. Every new conversation introduces a new perspective and new voice to reinforce the central message that mental health matters. I’m excited to see how the show grows with time and feel lucky to experience this new chapter with Shine 💜

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