New Partnership to Galvanize Workplace Mental Health Efforts
Sutter Health is partnering with One Mind at Work and the Steinberg Institute to transform employer-based approaches aimed at improving employee well-being, reducing business costs and addressing the social prejudice that affects 1-in-4 people worldwide who have mental health conditions.
Sutter and the Steinberg Institute will provide expertise, resources and leadership to bolster the reach and impact of One Mind at Work—a global coalition of leading employers driving the adoption of workplace best practices in brain fitness and mental health. The organizations are announcing the partnership in May in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.
“Through this game-changing partnership, our two organizations will join One Mind at Work and its existing partners to take action, empower employers to more effectively address workplace mental health, and make a difference in a coordinated way,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “As a healthcare employer, Sutter Health knows firsthand the hurdles organizations and employees face — from stigma to barriers to service — and we look forward to sharing our ongoing efforts and experiences in creating a healthier workforce.”
“Employers must play a central role in reversing the ongoing brain and mental health crisis in the U.S. and around the globe,” said Garen Staglin, founder of One Mind at Work and co-founder of One Mind Institute. “Our new partners will join One Mind at Work’s growing coalition of organizations, which are working to reach more C-level leaders, articulate the business value of mental health, push for the adoption of best practices and connect employers and employees with providers and sites of care.”
Through the partnership, Sutter Health and the Steinberg Institute will help to enhance and expand One Mind at Work’s engagement with major employers across sectors, industries, and national boundaries. This will include developing and providing quality education and training resources; policy, legislative, and best practice advocacy; connections between employers and providers; and a community of practice for employers committed to systems change in their own organizations and the external environment. Together, these efforts address the immense societal and business costs of mental health conditions, which are projected to drain $16 trillion in economic output by 2030.
“We’re excited to be part of an effort that seeks to normalize discussion of mental health in the workplace,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, who founded the Steinberg Institute with the goal of making mental health care a public policy priority in the U.S. “Our aim is to ensure brain health is given the same attention as physical health when it comes to prevention, intervention and treatment.”