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The Spencer Lodge Podcast

May 9, 2022

Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, and this year’s theme is a topic very close to my heart: loneliness. Most people who experience mental health issues tend to have one thing in common – they all feel extremely lonely in their daily struggle. To help shed light on this topic, I am speaking with Scott Armstrong, who is not only the Editor in Chief of Arabian Business – the region’s leading source of business news, analytics, thought-leadership and features – but also an advocate for mental health awareness. Scott and I discuss our individual struggles with mental health, why leaders must make mental health a priority in the workplace, how companies can support their teams, and how we can remove the stigma surrounding mental health.

Discussion points

  • 02:03 Scott’s career and life journey
  • 05:12 Scott’s mental health journey
  • 09:23 Dealing with pressure
  • 12:00 Asking your team about their mental health
  • 13:45 Companies and mental health
  • 16:23 The Great Resignation
  • 20:55 Are companies doing enough?
  • 27:20 Is the Middle Ease attuned to mental health?
  • 32:00 How the UAE is championing mental health
  • 33:53 Employers’ fears
  • 35:25 A time Scott was impacted by mental health
  • 44:55 Mental health support for young people
  • 47:10 Mental health education

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Spencer Lodge


Scott Armstrong