Welcome Wellness - Moving toward a culture of psychological safety and speaking up

“There’s no crying in baseball” – Tom Hanks playing manager Jimmy Dugan in A League of Their Own, 1992.

Part of wellness is a perceived ability to be able to speak up for ourselves, speak out about various forms of unfairness, and feeling like we are seen and heard by those around us. This is often referred to as “psychological safety.”  According to Dr. Michelle McQuaid, “Psychological safety is the feeling of confidence we experience with others when we trust they will not shame, reject, or punish us.”

On May 14, 2021, Dr. McQuaid spoke about Psychological Safety at a webinar recorded by The Wellness Office. The recording will be available soon on its Well-Being Help Center website. On May 19, 2021, Michigan Medicine published an article promoting psychological safety and ending mental health stigma. Read the article here

Do you feel safe speaking up? What does this type of communication at work look like? Refer to these books if you’d like to learn more about what this might look like for you:


View all of Dr. Conroy's articles on the Welcome Wellness homepage.