Mayor Marty Walsh becomes a CEO Against Stigma

Mayor Marty Walsh becomes a CEO Against Stigma

Posted Mar. 30, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Wicker Local ALLSTON

Mayor Marty Walsh recently joined the statewide campaign to eliminate workplace stigma related to mental illness, making another stride to improve the workplace culture inside City Hall. Walsh has signed a pledge to become a CEO Against Stigma, adding his name, and the reputation of the city, to the list of chief executives that have joined the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness initiative.

Mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety, affect one in five adults and is the No. 1 cause of workplace disability. Unlike physical illnesses, they carry a stigma that prevents people from discussing them at work. They can lead to high turnover, low productivity and increased employer costs.

NAMI Mass launched the campaign in 2015 with a grant from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. CEOs Against Stigma partners with the top leaders of businesses, organizations and municipalities across Massachusetts to change misconceptions about mental illness by encouraging people to open up and speak freely about the conditions that affect them and their immediate families, and seek treatment.

The City of Boston Department of Human Resources provides an employee assistance program to support employees with various issues which impact workplace performance, such as: balancing work and family, alcohol and drugs, domestic violence, and mental health. As part of this campaign, the city will host In Our Own Voice, a NAMI signature program featuring two people living with mental illness openly sharing their personal stories and how they are achieving recovery. The In Our Own Voice program has been recognized by a leading national mental health researcher as the most effective anti-stigma program in America.

NAMI Massachusetts and its affiliates are committed to signing 250 executives and elected leaders to the campaign and reaching half a million employees. Any Massachusetts company with at least 50 employees can join.

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