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Chef Jeffrey Schlissel Advocates for Mental Health Integration in the Culinary Industry after Anthony Bourdain’s Tragic Death

Chef Jeffrey Schlissel has been advocating for integrating mental health into business strategies after experiencing firsthand the challenges faced by those in the culinary industry. Growing up, Schlissel’s parents avoided conversations about religion and politics but never mentioned mental health. He believes that it is crucial to address this topic openly and honestly in order to create a more supportive work environment.

Schlissel’s perspective on mental health was shaped by the tragic suicide of Chef Anthony Bourdain in June 2018. This event prompted a discussion on mental health within the culinary community and led to a transformative conversation at an American Culinary Federation convention later that year. During this conversation, Schlissel had a poignant moment with a chef who opened up about his own suicide attempt, emphasizing the crucial role his wife played in saving his life.

This experience served as a wakeup call for Schlissel and others in attendance, prompting them to realize the prevalent mental health challenges faced by those in the industry. Inspired by this conversation, Schlissel decided to speak up and shine a light on these struggles, hoping to create a more supportive and understanding environment within the industry.

The article highlights the importance of breaking the silence surrounding mental health and fostering a culture of openness and support in the workplace. By prioritizing mental health and encouraging others to do the same, Schlissel aims to make a positive impact on those working in the culinary world.

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