Learning Collaborative Summaries:

One Mind at Work convenes small groups of select employers and experts to discuss workplace mental health challenges and opportunities unique to specific industries and sectors. These discussions offer diverse public and private sector organizations the chance to engage in peer-to-peer learning and exchange of ideas, insights and best practices in workplace mental health.
The first Learning Collaborative of 2021 was held in February and concentrated on industries where uniquely high barriers exist to normalizing conversations and disclosures about workplace mental health. Such environments can be characterized in a number of ways – for instance, workplaces that demand confidentiality or require a security clearance, workplaces that expose employees to a regularly high degree of stress or trauma, or those where disclosure of a mental health condition can result in real career consequence such as the revoking of licensure – are environments we have categorized as “high-risk, low-transparency” environments. 
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COVID-19 and social upheaval in 2020 have shifted the behavioral health landscape – especially in the workplace. Building on conversations that took place alongside the 2019 Global Forum, participants in this session explored the challenges and opportunities of implementing an innovative care system for behavioral health, focusing on the actions that employers can take to improve access and delivery.
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This session examined the issue of “Caring for Caregivers” with a specific focus on professionals in the caregiving space, including nurses, healthcare providers and emergency responders. The topic is particularly relevant in 2020 given the high levels of stress and anxiety that healthcare workers are dealing with during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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In order to address trauma in the workplace, organizations must first gather data on how people are communicating around trauma, what their basic assumptions are, and what expectations they have for treatments. Building on the conversations that took place alongside the 2019 One Mind at Work Global Forum, participants in this session explored the impacts of trauma and prevalence among certain sectors and employee populations.
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Workload and heavy demand on employees’ time are the most obvious drivers of burnout, but sector-specific issues pose additional challenges. Building on conversations that took place alongside the 2019 Global Forum, participants in this session discussed how employers can take steps to successfully manage stress and burnout in their organization by considering sector-specific issues, methods of quantifying the drivers and impact of stress and burnout, and strategies for creating a more open dialogue between employees and managers.
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