A quartet of companies today is launching Mind Together, a coalition aimed at improving workplace culture around mental health. Verizon Media, Snap, Spotify, and Kellogg Co. are founding members, and Made of Millions, a nonprofit advocacy group, will serve as an advisory partner.
Guru Gowrappan, CEO of Verizon Media, says the group aims to destigmatize mental health at work through awareness campaigns, education programs, and sharing of best practices. He says he aspires to create a global, cross-industry leadership group not unlike the World Economic Forum, but with a focus on mental wellness. “I’m glad we’re starting to find like-minded companies who can work together and standardize mental health care at work,” he says. “It is long overdue.”
Indeed, only half of U.S. workers say they are comfortable talking about their mental health in the workplace, and a third say they are worried about the consequences if they seek help, according to a pre-pandemic poll by the American Psychiatric Association. And countless studies, including research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show elevated levels of anxiety and depression associated with COVID-19 lockdowns.