The Mission of CEOs Against Stigma

This year, one in five workers will experience some form of mental illness, such as depression or anxiety. Many won’t seek treatment because of stigma. Others won’t know where to turn. Either way, these employees will suffer in silence.  And that silence is costly.

In January 2019, the Staunton Farm Foundation awarded NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania a three-year grant to launch the CEOs Against Stigma campaign with the goal of addressing mental health in the workplace by providing executives and employees with education, resources, and support.


NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania will partner with companies to deliver specialized presentations for supervisors and staff.  Presentations will cover:

  • Mental illness warning signs
  • How to talk to a co-worker / employee
  • Avoiding workplace roadblocks in seeking treatment and reaching recovery
  • Available resources and support options
  • Person-first language
  • Work habits / performance issues that could signal distress
  • NAMI’s In Our Own Voice anti-stigma presentation, which is recognized as one of the most effective anti-stigma programs in America.
Learn More

For additional questions about the CEOs Against Stigma program, contact Maria Kakay, Director of Communications and Marketing at NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania, by email at or by phone at 412-366-3788.

The studies have found that when depression is adequately treated, companies reduce job-related accidents, sick days, and employee turnover, as well as improve the number of hours worked and employee productivity. 
Harvard Medical School


Change starts at the top. By joining this initiative, CEOs are pledging to:

UNDERSTAND the impact of mental illness on the workplace.

EDUCATE themselves and their staff about mental illness and best practices in the workplace.

ENCOURAGE open dialogue for employees who are dealing with a mental health concern or who have family members with a mental health condition.

PROMOTE a stigma-free environment.

Sign the CEO Pledge