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December 21, 2020

Today we’re chatting with Amy McKeown, who is an award-winning health, mental health and wellbeing consultant. She coaches organizations of all sizes to build strategies with are both innovative and measurable, whilst providing unique expertise in implementing said strategies. Amy is also a respected thought-leader within her field, sharing her advice regularly on LinkedIn and at speaker events such as Mad World. Amy is also passionate about women's health and is actively campaigning to change the Equality Act 2010 to provide protection for families experiencing miscarriage or pregnancy loss.

As I release this episode, we’re heading into what experts are calling the darkest time of the coronavirus pandemic. Here in the United States and around the world, people of all ages are getting diagnosed, hospitalized, and are dying at unprecedented rates. Families have lost their routines, their childcare, their livelihoods, they’ve lost family members, and their very sense of sanity. Businesses around the world have wondered how they can support their employees, whether those employees work at home or are essential workers who need to be on site. Working parents and others struggle every day to figure out how to help their kids with school and get their work done while managing the other necessary aspects of life. And that’s just if they’ve been the lucky ones who haven’t gotten sick throughout this pandemic so far. It’s a really difficult time for everyone for so, so many reasons, and we need mental health support both at home and at work more than ever.

There are leadership experts and other “well-being experts” out there who have offered their services to individuals and organizations for many years. Amy and I have both noticed a trend in people who are not trained in mental health offering services that they simply don’t have any training or qualifications to provide. And it scares us both. I reached out to Amy a few months ago to get her thoughts on why this is happening, and how consumers, again both individuals AND companies, can filter out qualified mental health providers from those who may cause more harm than good.

Show Notes:

Resources & Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Amy McKeown Website

Amy McKeown LinkedIn

Amy McKeown Twitter

Beware the Mental Health Expert article by Amy McKeown

Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff: How to Identify Who Has the Mental Health Expertise You Need by Amy McKeown

The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols

Mental Health First Aid

The Argenal Institute Website

The Whole SELF Lifestyle for Working Parents by Sarah Argenal

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About The Argenal Institute LLC:

The Working Parent Resource Podcast is a place where we explore how to defeat burnout as working parents so we can finally enjoy these precious years of our lives. My name is Sarah Argenal, and I'm the host of this show, as well as the founder of The Argenal Institute LLC, and creator of the Whole SELF Lifestyle™, which provides a sustainable and long-term approach to fulfillment for working parents. The show notes for this episode, as well as other resources, free training materials, and information about the Whole SELF Lifestyle™ can all be found on our website at


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