A CEO with Bipolar Disorder? Absolutely! — Podcast

September 30, 2022 Natasha Tracy

Welcome to a syndication of Snap Out of It! The Mental Illness in the Workplace Podcast with Natasha Tracy.

Snap Out of It! is honored to have spoken with Saskia Lightburn-Ritchie, the Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of My Cheshire Without Abuse (My CWA). Saskia lives with bipolar disorder, and she is proving every day that it's possible to be successful even with a serious mental illness.

Thanks to Saskia’s experience with bipolar disorder, she designed her own role such that she could be a successful CEO. And she passed those supports and ideas down to her staff. Now, more than 60 percent of her employees have a mental illness, and the company has a very low turnover because of how she treats her people — with respect, dignity, and what they need medically.

Saskia and I talked about what it’s like to work with bipolar disorder — in her other positions vs. today — and what it is she does to ensure that people with medical issues like mental illness can be successful at work. We also discussed the costs involved in these changes and the benefits this has brought her entire company.

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APA Reference
Tracy, N. (2022, September 30). A CEO with Bipolar Disorder? Absolutely! — Podcast, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 13 from

Author: Natasha Tracy

Natasha Tracy is a renowned speaker, award-winning advocate, and author of Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar. She's also the host of the podcast Snap Out of It! The Mental Illness in the Workplace Podcast.

Natasha is also unveiling a new book, Bipolar Rules! Hacks to Live Successfully with Bipolar Disorder, mid-2024.

Find Natasha Tracy on her blog, Bipolar BurbleX, InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.

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