22 Mar Maynard superintendent joins CEOs Against Stigma
Robert J. Gerardi Jr., the superintendent of the Maynard Public Schools, is the state’s first education head to sign on to CEOs Against Stigma, the statewide workplace campaign created by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts.”One of my professional mantras is ‘health and family first,’” said Gerardi. “Too often, people only consider physical health as necessary, and I believe that we need to include mental health as being just as necessary.” CEOs Against Stigma is designed to create a stigma-free work environment by changing misconceptions about mental illness so people can speak freely about the conditions that affect them and their families, said NAMI Mass Executive Director Laurie Martinelli. “By partnering with the state’s top leaders, we’re able to bring more awareness of mental health issues to the workplace and create healthier environments for workers. CEOs Against Stigma is working to sign 250 executives to the campaign and reach half a million employees. Any Massachusetts company with at least 50 employees can join. For more information, visit ceos.namimass.org.