11 Nov Fight Against Workplace Stigma
Takes Flight with Cape Cod CEO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2015
Hyannis, MA – Dan Wolf, founder, and CEO of Cape Air, is joining NAMI Mass in the fight against the number one cause of workplace disability. Wolf – a State Senator representing the Cape and Islands – signed the pledge to become a member of CEOs Against Stigma, the campaign by the Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Mass) to bring more awareness of mental disorders in the workplace and eliminate the stigma that often keeps employees from disclosing them. Cape Air, which is the largest commuter airline in the United States, becomes the first Cape Cod-based business to join CEOs Against Stigma.
It was during a meeting on legislative affairs that Senator Wolf heard about the campaign and wasted no time in signing the campaign’s pledge.
“Cape Air was founded on the premise that creating a safe, sympathetic and caring workplace leads to success for the organization, and more importantly, the individuals who are part of the organization,” says Senator Wolf. “Our participation with NAMI/CEOs Against Stigma is a natural extension of the philosophy we have embraced for the last 26 years.”
At least one out of every five adults in Massachusetts will experience a mental illness this year; one out of 17 struggles with severe mental illness on an ongoing basis. Even in the best workplaces, mental illness remains mostly a secret.
“Mental illness is the single greatest cause of lost productivity at work. Employees are unlikely to share their burden, despite the impact on their own effectiveness at work,” says NAMI Mass Executive Director Laurie Martinelli. “We hope CEOs Against Stigma will change the workplace culture and help transform the way people think and act toward mental health conditions.”
By signing the pledge, Senator Wolf makes a commitment to his more than 1,100 employees to open up a dialogue about mental health conditions without fear of disclosure. Cape Air will make employees aware of the mental health benefits available to them, and bring in NAMI’s In Our Own Voice (IOOV) — recognized by a leading national mental health researcher as the most effective anti-stigma program in America.
CEOs Against Stigma is moving forward to reach its goal of 250 executives and half a million employees impacted by next summer. Any Massachusetts company with at least 50 employees can join. For more information about CEOs Against Stigma, click here.
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About the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass)
Founded in 1982, NAMI Mass is a nonprofit, grassroots education, support and advocacy organization. It is the state’s voice on mental illness, with 21 local chapters and more than 2,000 members. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for people with mental health challenges and their families by educating the public; fighting stigma, discrimination and stereotypes; and promoting recovery. To that end, the organization offers free, peer-led programs that provide resources, insights, coping skills and genuine support. NAMI Mass has been chosen by the National Alliance on Mental Illness as the Outstanding State Organization for 2015.