Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out icba.ca/wellness for details.

After nearly a year of working on the ICBA Wellness program, we are so excited to see more than 50 companies now involved. And ICBA itself is one of them! Thanks to our Wellness Champions (Mina, Jenny and Kerry) for getting us started us on the program.

Every week, I’ll post a recap of our ICBA Wellness journey.

Today, I’m pondering this slide, and how different this understanding is from what many of us thought about mental health not that long ago.

“Mental health is dependent on brain circuitry function”: it’s obvious, but important.

I love history, so I think of Abraham Lincoln and his struggle with “melancholy” – which today we would call depression. Or Winston Churchill, who wrestled with suicidal thoughts, calling his depression a “black dog.”

They didn’t have the language or understanding we have now. I’m glad we’re making progress. There’s more to do, for sure, but moving mental illness into the realm of biology is a huge step.