One Mind at Work – 2020 Second Quarter Newsletter


Employers seek guidance on workplace mental health during Covid-19 pandemic Since Covid-19 was declared a

Employers seek guidance on workplace mental health during Covid-19 pandemic

Since Covid-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 19, 2020, employers have quickly recognized the unprecedented moment that the global workforce is facing. We have seen a significant increase in requests for guidance on how to help employees navigate new work environments and manage the risk of mental health issues that are accompanying the pandemic – including stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. One Mind at Work has responded with new best practices, providing new resources, and engaging new employers in their workplace mental healthcare journey.

In the past quarter, we launched a members-only Slack workspace that facilitates one-on-one connections between members and allows for fast, easy communication and updates. Members can join using the link sent to them. We also participated in a number of virtual events hosted by our member and partner organizations, including Capital Group, the World Economic Forum, and Arogya World, and have plans to do so for webinars coordinated by TPG Capital, and FTV Capital. We admire and appreciate the continued commitment by these organizations to prioritize workplace mental health especially when, given the pandemic, there are likely many other competing priorities. If your organization is interested in receiving One Mind at Work support for a fireside chat or panel discussion on workplace mental health or if you are interested in your organization becoming a member, please reach out to Katy Riddick (katy.riddick@onemind.org) and Victor Topouria (victor.topouria@onemind.org). Members can also access tools to help communicate about mental health in the recently-launched Member Portal; this online hub houses communication templates, white papers, the One Mind at Work Charter, and social media cards for easy posting.

Finally, to understand how we are thinking about the “second pandemic” of mental health issues following the Covid-19 crisis, read our latest posts on the One Mind at Work Forbes blog.

One Mind at Work welcomes thirteen new members to employer coalition in 2020

Since the beginning of 2020, One Mind at Work has welcomed 13 new members to its employer coalition, including Ernst & Young, Direct Line Group, Heidrick & Struggles, Hackensack Meridian Health, Alexion, Kearney, Auticon, McKinsey, CareCentrix, Nintex, Lundbeck, CSAA and FTV Capital. Collectively, these new member organizations employ approximately 360,000 people, bringing the total number of employees covered under the Charter to over 6 million and including some of the nation’s most important and influential companies. We also welcomed Fountain House as a new non-profit partner organization.

4th Annual One Mind at Work Global Forum to accommodate remote participation

The 4th Annual One Mind at Work Global Forum will take place September 9th-10th, 2020 in Napa, California, with select pre-forum events taking place on Tuesday, September 8th. To accommodate the potential travel restrictions that may still be in place in September, One Mind at Work will be modifying our 2020 event, planning for lower in-person capacity and providing options for virtual participation. Whether you are interested in traveling to the event or attending sessions remotely, please fill out the invitation request here.

You can also find more information, including FAQs and updates, on our new Global Forum webpage. To ensure that appropriate social distance is maintained, we will cap in-person attendance at 50.

The theme of this year’s Global Forum is Empowering Employers: Advancing Brain Health in the Workplace; to bring that theme to life, we are working on inviting a diverse lineup of expert speakers to educate and inspire. Our 2020 agenda is currently in development but will include themes such as evidence-based interventions, cultivating connection in the workplace, mental health as a component of ESG criteria, and the global response to workplace mental health. You can read the summary of the 2019 event here and contact Meryl Ellingson (meryl.ellingson@onemind.org) with any questions.

California Mental Health Oversight and Accountability Commission holds Public Convening on voluntary workplace mental health standards

In partnership with One Mind at Work, California Mental Health Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) is holding a public convening on Wednesday, May 27th from 10am-12noon PDT to share insights and gather input from the public on a framework for voluntary workplace mental health standards in the state of California. The meeting will feature several expert panelists and the presentation of a landscape analysis on the state of workplace mental health in California. The convening will take place virtually, in consideration of Covid-19 precautions. To attend, register here and add the event and the Zoom details to your calendar.

One Mind at Work partners with Total Brain, offering brain health metrics platform free to member employees

Many of our members requested we help provide metrics to give a more quantitative and verifiable way to validate the impact of new programs, benefits or tolls in improving workplace mental health. In response we are piloting a project with Total Brain to produce a “mental health index.” Total Brain is a neuroscience-based mental health and wellness app that measures and can help improve brain health across twelve capacities – from cognition and self-control to maintenance of emotions. The partnership will provide approximately 6 million employees covered by the One Mind at Work charter free access to the platform, and the anonymous data captured will inform an Employer Brain Report produced in partnership with One Mind at Work. The report will provide corporations with a clearer view into baseline levels of their workforce’s brain health, ultimately helping to guide the development and implementation of workplace mental health programs. If your organization is a member of One Mind at Work and you are interested in this opportunity with Total Brain, contact Katy Riddick at katy.riddick@onemind.org.

One Mind PsyberGuide launches Employer Guide to Digital Tools and Solutions for Mental Health

On May 12, One Mind PsyberGuide, in collaboration with the Northeast Business Group on Health, released a comprehensive guide to digital tools for workplace mental health. The guide, available here, outlines not only the rationale for digital interventions, but cuts through the noise in the space by evaluating 28 different apps and tools according to their effectiveness in improving certain conditions; the type of intervention; the mode of reporting, and other elements. As mentioned in the report, “the pandemic highlights how mental health interventions are always critical in times of crisis, and in this case, the important role digital interventions can play in delivering care, support and connection conveniently to large numbers of people in need.”