Q&A with inLieu CEO & Founder, Kathy Terry
World Mental Health Day: October 10, 2019
World Mental Health Day exists in order to raise awareness for mental well-being across the globe. Of course, it’s not just about de-stigmatizing mental health issues, it’s also about taking steps to make sure that those who suffer have access to the care they need.
We sat down with inLieu’s Founder & CEO to chat about Mental Health.
Being an entrepreneur is challenges. Has your role ever affected you mental or physical health?
Yes, being an entrepreneur has its challenges, but so does everyday life! I believe everything we do affects our mental health, from our jobs, to our family, friends and social life. All of these things can have either a positive and or negative affect on our mental and physical health. I’ve been thinking a lot about access lately, which personally stresses me out. I struggle with this concept daily, but at the end of the day, I remind myself why I built inLieu. We aim to reduce stress for ourselves, and our community with an easy, fun and impactful gift alternative. inLieu ensures that everyone can give, as inLieu is accessible to everyone–there is no minimum donation required.
Listen. Don’t judge. Just be there for a friend when they need it. Sometimes that’s what helps the most. It’s World Mental Health Day, inLieu a friend who needs some extra love today!
When you feel stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, what self-care practices do you use?
When I’m stressed, anxious or overwhelmed I usually go for a long run. It gives me the space I need to clear my head, and I also find it extremely rejuvenating. I can listen to music, a book or just think. I have also found mediation to be very powerful. It really helps me separate myself from the things that are causing me stress. I feel lucky to have found the coping skills that work for me.
What are your thoughts on social media’s affect on mental health?
I know you can argue both sides of this since there are many people who find social media to be a great platform to stay connected with family and friends, but I personally find that it can be very draining and toxic at times. I feel that it is a place of constant comparison, which I believe is the true thief of joy! I see social media to have an even greater effect on young kids who have not developed a strong sense of self. They end up in these spaces looking for connections and ideas on what that should look like, what kind of person they should be and how they should show up in the world. Unfortunately, what we see on social media does not represent the real world, and even if we know it, we still fall prey.
As a mom have you had a conversation with your 2 daughters about the importance of mental health? How did that go?
Yes, the discussion of mental health definitely weaves its way into our conversations. Life has its ups and downs, positives and negatives, but we try to focus on the things that bring us joy. The impact that stress can have on our lives is important to be aware of. We talk about how our mental health can also have a huge impact on our physical and emotional health. We talk about how some people may battle with depression, anxiety and other issues that may affect how they react and cope with certain situations and it is not their fault. We talk a lot about being compassionate to ourselves and others. Being open, honest, and communicative is important as we navigate our daily lives. It’s a stress reliever to start.
What would be your first step approaching a friend or loved one who you’re concerned about?
I would approach them with kindness and compassion. I would listen, not judge and try to encourage them to seek help.