While mental health conditions can impact anyone of us, Wayne believes there’s a level of ignorance, even a lack of understanding they’re legitimate medical conditions.
“I find it frustrating because people who have these experiences and live with these conditions aren't doing it for attention,” he says.
Drawing on his personal experience, Wayne says “If we could snap our fingers, pull our socks up and just smile and get over it, we would. It's not that simple”.
Wayne’s social enterprise Puka Up continues to work tirelessly to help normalise mental health and emotional wellbeing while promoting the importance of empowering people to be able to bring their whole selves to work.
“I think it's an aspirational goal to create an environment where people feel empowered to turn up as their true self,” he says. “That takes time [and] investment not only financially but in programming, workshops and initiatives that acknowledge people as the best version of themselves.
“The impact the business will receive as a result of that will be profound not only financially but also from a productivity, retention, culture, work satisfaction and job satisfaction perspective.”