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Ep. 21

Using remote work to improve your mental health

How can you ensure your remote team stays healthy mentally?

If your mental health has taken a toll since working remotely you are not alone. But how can remote startups improve the mental health of their team?
If your mental health has taken a toll since the pandemic, you are not alone. People have experienced the worst remote work has to offer during lockdowns. But how can remote startups be proactive in improving the mental health of their team? This is why Melissa Ng started Bravely. As a mental health advocate for remote workers, she simplified the approach for companies to tackle the issue, and made it accessible to everyone worldwide. We discuss the factors that can improve (and weaken) your mental health, plus how you can create a psychologically healthy environment for your remote team. We also explored:
  • The connection between physical and mental well-being
  • The deficit of mental health literacy in modern society
  • The challenge of isolation while working remotely
  • The shift of Social Connection to Social Media
  • The creation, future and vision of Bravely and its research-based approach to mental health.
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About your hosts

Sondre Rasch

Co-founder & CEO
Sondre co-founded SafetyWing together with Sarah Sandnes and Hans Kjellby. Born in Bergen, Norway, he studied economics and computer science, before starting work as a policy advisor for the government of Norway advising on social policies. After getting frustrated with the slow pace of government change, Sondre first founded SuperSide (YC W16), a platform for freelance designers. It was here he discovered the lack of a safety net for online remote workers. SafetyWing was then born with the aim of building a global social safety net.

Melissa Ng

Bravely & Melewi
Melissa is a big remote work and mental health advocate championing better and more accessible mental healthcare for anyone anywhere. Before founding Bravely -  a research-based app that helps you understand and improve your mental health - Melissa led the web design studio Melewi for 9+ years.  "In everything I do, I try my best to create businesses that are genuine, valuable and purpose-driven. I plan to never grow out of my childhood vision to make a difference in the world."
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