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Chuck Robbins, Cisco

On the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, and destigmatizing mental health
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From: Chuck Robbins

Subject: Making Mental Health a Priority

Team,

In light of recent tragedies, I wanted to step away from Cisco Live for a moment to talk about the importance of mental health. Unfortunately, we all know friends, family, and coworkers battling mental health conditions, or maybe you're going through your own struggles.

At Cisco, we've always tackled challenges by working together and having open, supportive dialogue. Often times, a part of this challenge is the social stigma--a fear of judgment that keeps people from sharing their struggles. Each of us has a role to play in ensuring that those suffering feel less afraid to ask for support in the moments they need it most. No one needs to go it alone.

I encourage everyone to talk openly and extend compassion. It may be as simple as recognizing when others are going through a difficult time and allowing them to take any needed time for themselves. It may be listening and encouraging someone to seek help or seeking help for yourself.

I want you all to know we're here to support you with the help you need. We are tapping into our current network of resources and evaluating additional solutions to increase access to the right professionals. Please visit my message on CEC for a list of resources available.

It's times like this when it is critical that we come together, support each other, and have each other's backs.

Thank you,
Chuck