Kathie Melocco -Keynote Speaker
Hear how Kathie cheated death, took control and showed pure courage while standing up to systemic abuse and ... then the corruption was exposed.
Kathie’s stories of leadership, resilience and having the courage to see change as an opportunity to reform tired old systems that don’t work is transformative.
Audiences are captured from the first moment with enthralling footage of what systemic abuse looks like, and are then taken on journey that provides the opportunity to re-think perspective for a renewed sense of purpose. What matters to you? What matters to your business?
Kathie talks to the stigma and victim blaming surrounding mental health. We need to shift to a culture of care: Start2Care starts that conversation.
She is particularly focused on ending psychological injuries in the workplace. We have to eradicate these cultures of victim-blaming and denial and dismissal, because there are so many structures in our society, both in terms of social attitudes and institutions, that enable predatory behaviours that injures people. Workplace bullying, harassment, gender abuse, domestic violence are not ok and it is everyone's responsibility to call this out and end the suffering.
As Australian of the Year 2021, Grace Tame so powerfully said in her acceptance speech: "We must encourage and normalise the act of speaking out, because lived experience informs structural change and social change."
That means hearing the stories of the survivors of abuse and ensuring the shame lies with the perpetrators. This also means recognising the harm done to the victim-survivor's mental health and being determined to support them to wellness.
Self Care is at the core of a healthy, well society where we all Start2Care for each other, our communities and our families. It's not an afterthought or a box to be ticked. But you can't Self Care when you are being oppressed. History has shown us Self Care was actually used against African Slaves who 'couldn't possibly self care' it was used against women when they wanted the right to vote, it was used against the mentally ill when they were locked up in institutions and stigmatised for being ill, denied of basic human rights, and now it is systemically being used to harass and demean women at work and in their homes. How can you possibly Self Care in those environments?
If you are being abused at work, or at home, you don't think of anything else except stopping the abuse. Your health; mind, body, spirit suffers, you at at risk of chronic illnesses but our society labels you 'mentally unwell' when you try to get help. True, most victim-survivors require expert psychological support. So what? Wouldn't you?
Retribution always follows when a woman speaks up and asks for it to stop. That's how terrified women have become. It costs them everything and the perpetrator nothing. It is aided by unethical law practices that silence and humiliate victims.
But the power now lies with us. When we all #start2care as a community we see people, we listen to understand, we respond to help and we always take action. We are never complicit in being a bystander.
Use the #start2care 6 step framework to build teams within your organisation who will speak up and take action. Change has to come from within. A policy might say this is what the law says, but clearly that hasn't worked. This is about systemic behaviour change and we all have a role to play.
‘Q&A’ then allows individuals the opportunity to engage directly for a sense of even deeper engagement.
As Melanie from Commbank so eloquently put it, “It’s so inconceivable that for all the money we spend on mental health the stigma impacts so many needing support. I can see my story so clearly in Kathie’s; she creates the extraordinary ability for ME to hear her story – and simultaneously SEE my story in hers. My perception is changed forever of mental health and systemic abuse and I feel an inherent ‘call to action’ in this ‘awakening’ of my story.”
Kathie Melocco is a multi award winning PR and Marketing practitioner, responsible for some of our most successful social justice campaigns. In 2018 she shifted gear, retrained and founded WOW – Self Care.
Kathie’s focus interest area is on Moral Injury, Ethical Leadership and Ending Systemic Abuse.
Originally identified in the armed services and confused with PTSD at the time, Moral Injury is often called a soul injury. It causes our sense of self to be disrupted and sometimes even broken with trauma. Currently international research is being undertaken into this important area by psychiatrists, psychologists, chaplains and more with the aim of identifying a holistic management solution to the problem. The jury is still out.
Early evidence however suggests it is a leadership issue. Simply put, if we fail in our duty of care to protect people when ethically and morally we have a responsibility to do so we cause injury. And it can be enduring.
Kathie is the founder of CXBanks the online arts and social conference committed to advancing the discussion on financial safety and is also the founder of WOW Self Care School, an evidence based and trauma informed technology enterprise that also offers Emergency Self Care School during Covid.
Winner: United Nations Award for Communicating Priority Issues.
Winner: Healthier Workplace Award ( Mental Health Association Australia & NZ)
Winner PRIA Awards: - several
Winner Portfolios Independent Woman Of The Year
Winner Portfolios Independent Woman Of The Year, Small Business
We are all told to practice Self Care, but what exactly is it? Learn and master the 7 core plinths of Self Care to self manage your health and wellbeing.
Why do we to tolerate behaviours that injure and harm the mental health of others. Become a Mental Health champion and advocate in your world of work.
Forgiveness is an act of emotional intelligence. It is your right to live a happy and healthy life. Ditch the ruminating self talk - let those who hurt and harm take responsibility. Set yourself free.
START 2 CARE
Everyone of us has been in the mud at some stage in our lives.
Today is the day to Start2Care! Let's reset and change the story. Book me to speak at your next event. In person or virtual. Let's do this!