Given Dr. Satcher's tenure as Surgeon General included the 9/11 terror attacks - a time sadly reminiscent of this weekend’s tragic events - what he said had quite an impact. While you can listen to the full interview today at 1 p.m. on Sharecare Radio, I wanted to share a few points Dr. Satcher made that stayed with me:
- First, he talked about the importance of cultivating partnerships and collaborative communication during times of peace, stressing that doing so will serve you greatly during times of conflict.
- One of his other major themes - and an area to which he's focused much of his life's work - is how the stigma surrounding mental illness in our country negatively impacts nearly every aspect of public health and safety in our society: from suicide to gun violence and the decrease in lifespan of US citizens versus those in other developed countries.
- Finally, Dr. Satcher's philosophy on stress resonated with me, particularly given the work we do at Sharecare to help people become more self-aware of their mindset and relationships. He told us, “If you don’t manage your stress, it will manage you.”