We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Broderick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christina, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I started my own business due to the gap in mental health education that existed. As adults, we constantly say, “I wish I learned this when I was younger or learned this in school” and working with students, it was clear there was a dire need for them to learn about mental health and begin to build a toolbox of strategies. Additionally, I’m a dreamer, a builder and I love to create new things and in my prior roles, I was very limited in my capacities and being able to execute my visions, so I decided to step out and make something of my own.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
In our company, we aim for 4 things: 1) Accessibility, we want to ensure that we are increasing the access to mental health education and resources; 2) Practicality, the information and strategies we provide is meant for all people to learn, understand and implement into their lives; 4) Proactiveness, in that we want people to not feel the need to wait until they have an issue or problem, but rather to proactively do the work to protect their mental health, and lastly, 4) Sustainability, where we want people to be able to continue this work and truly integrate it into their lives for long-term sustainable results
I’m most proud of the number of people we’ve been able to work with so far and the nationwide impact. From middle school students to directors of programs, our work has been able to be used amongst many people, populations and demographics.
However, the journey definitely was not easy. I quit my full-time job in the middle of the global pandemic and had the “oh crap” reality hit. There has been mental blocks, emotional challenges and financial investments gone wrong. It’s part of the process and each step of the way, I have to remind myself that I’m still learning and growing. Almost all of the strategies we teach in our work for mental health I use myself and there is so much power in knowing that you truly know that you work makes a difference because it makes a difference in your own life.
The biggest thing I want the world to know is that we all have mental health to protect. We created the Mental Health Mastery Method as a strong starting point for people but it’s a journey because we never know where life will take us. Being equipped with the knowledge and skills that we teach, however, will help immensely along the way.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my colleague turned dear friend, Shy Yi. While working together, she was the catalyst to help me think bigger about myself and my capabilities. She recognized that I was being limited and was the first person to tell me that I should make my own business due to my ability to connect with people, hold a strong presence in large crowds and facilitate strong messages to others. For a while, I downplayed what she was saying but she kept on bringing different ideas to me about what I could do, and eventually, I truly saw the value in myself that she saw in me and so, I dove in!
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