BECOME A CEO AGAINST STIGMA

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. It costs the U.S. economy $210.5 billion per year in absenteeism, lost productivity, and medical costs. Across the globe, mental health conditions are taking a toll on employees and their productivity. And the stigma associated with having a mental illness makes accessing treatment even more difficult.

To address these issues, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania has launched the game-changing initiative, CEOs Against Stigma. The mission of CEOs Against Stigma is to educate executive leaders on the impact mental illness is having on the workplace and assist them in developing policies and practices that prioritize mental health and reduce stigma.

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DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY COST THE GLOBAL ECONOMY $1 TRILLION PER YEAR IN LOST PRODUCTIVITY.

8 in 10

8 in 10 workers with a mental health condition say shame and stigma prevent them from seeking treatment.

57%

Only 57% of employees with symptoms of major depression said they had received mental health treatment in the previous 12 months.

80%

80% of individuals with depression reported some level of functional impairment because of their depression.

27%

27% of individuals with depression reported serious difficulties in work and home life.

“I call out to all other CEOs throughout this city whether you have five employees or 5,000 to sign this pledge with me to join with me and to assure your employees are being given the resources they need and that they deserve when we deal with mental health.  Our goal is to take this far beyond the walls of City Hall and to hear it and see it all throughout the city of Pittsburgh.”

Mayor Bill Peduto – City of Pittsburgh

“Isn’t it interesting that for centuries society has focused on physical well being…and yet proverbs and clichés have existed for at least that long about “mind over matter”…which ultimately suggests that good mental health is the most important thing of all.  The workplace is a great place to focus energy, attention and care relative to mental health and well being.  And NAMI is helping to push that agenda forward.”

Scott Morgan – President & Partner / Brunner

“Our mission at Makin Wellness is to help millions of people heal & become happy again. This starts by upholding a positive company culture & values so our providers can effectively help our patients. Our leadership team prioritizes the mental health & well-being of our team so they can thrive. We need to work together to help to eradicate the stigma behind mental health & Makin Wellness is proud to partner with NAMI to help make this happen!”

Sara Makin – Founder & CEO / Makin Wellness

“I don’t think you can be a truly responsible CEO and ignore the healthcare needs of your employees and their families. Our Leadership Team is passionately committed to continually improving our ability to educate and empower our employees to make mental health an ongoing part of our healthcare dialogue. We feel it is in open, non-judgmental dialogue that we can eliminate the ridiculous stigmas and inaccurate assumptions present in our society at large.”

Mike Weber – General Manager / ProMinent Fluid Controls, Inc.

“A workplace that meets people where they are and provides the right type and kind of support is more likely to find success. There is nothing more important than the well-being of people.”

Russell Livingston – President & CEO / Babb Inc.

“Reed Smith is committed to improving mental health at our firm by destigmatizing mental illness and substance use issues. We are proud to partner with NAMI in signing the CEOs Against Stigma pledge. Providing mental health benefits and access to an EAP are essential parts of our comprehensive plan, but we want to do more. To further support our colleagues and to eliminate stigma, we are cultivating a culture that encourages people to speak honestly about mental health and to seek help when they need it.”

Casey Ryan – Global Head of Legal Personnel / Reed Smith

THESE LEADERS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Here are the early adopters of the CEOs Against Stigma initiative.

MEET THE CEOS WHO HAVE SIGNED THE PLEDGE

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Mayor Bill Peduto

City of Pittsburgh

Casey Ryan

Global Head of Legal Personnel / Reed Smith

Russell Livingston

President & CEO / Babb, Inc.

DID YOU KNOW

Employees receiving treatment for depression can realize a 91% improvement in presenteeism.

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