Mental illness impacts 1 in every 5 Americans and can be crippling for many. It doesn’t just impact its victims and their families, it also impacts the workplace.
Mental illness costs businesses in the US more than $200 billion annually, and more than $1 trillion globally, and is now the #1 cause of workplace disability.
My name is Neal O’Farrell. I was part of the first generation of cybersecurity entrepreneurs, and have spent nearly four decades working for governments, Fortune 500 companies, and startups and earning a handful of awards and accolades along the way. My pioneering work in the field of speech encryption brought me into conflict with the NSA, and in a world of secret keeping, I had a few of my own.
Ever since I was a teenager I’ve struggled with a crippling trifecta of mental diseases – Social Affective Disorder (part of the social anxiety family), ADHD, and chronic depression.
One thing I’ve come to realize is that a big, possibly very big part of the cure for an illness that impacts almost every workplace is the workplace itself. I created this site to share the lessons I’ve learned from living and working with mental illness for four decades. Learn more.