15 Apr Groton CEO is First in Nashoba Valley to Join Statewide Anti-Stigma Fight
Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce, March 22, 2016
Steve Lane is a CEO Against Stigma
Groton, MA – For Steve Lane, meeting people’s health needs is his mission. It is about the whole person and achieving wellness from head to toe. Lane leads Groton Wellness, touted as the first holistic center of its kind in the United States. And now, Lane is making his employees’ mental wellness a top priority. Lane has become a CEO Against Stigma, signing on to the statewide workplace campaign created by the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Mass). The Groton Wellness CEO is the first business leader in the Nashoba Valley to join this anti-stigma fight.
“As the CEO of a unique wellness organization, with a mission to support physical, emotional and social well-being, it is a perfect fit for me to sign the CEO Against Stigma pledge,” says Lane. “Our goal at Groton Wellness is to support all individuals struggling with mental conditions no matter where they are.”
CEOs Against Stigma partners with leaders across the Commonwealth to implement changes in the workplace with the goal of creating healthier, more productive environments. By doing so, employees can feel safe, disclosing any mental health conditions about themselves or a family member.
“At least one out of every five adults in Massachusetts will experience a mental health condition this year,” says Laurie Martinelli, Executive Director of NAMI Mass. “Even in the best workplaces, mental illness remains mostly a secret because of the stigma associated with it.”
Lane knows he can only grow this holistic dental and medical practice with the dedication of his 68 employees. By making a commitment to their mental health, Lane shows that their wellbeing is important to him and the company. By signing the CEOs Against Stigma pledge, Lane promises to foster more dialogue about mental health conditions, provide information to both managers and employees, review the company’s health and welfare benefits, and bring NAMI’s In Our Own Voice (IOOV) presentations into Groton Wellness. In Our Own Voice is recognized by a leading national mental health researcher as the most effective anti-stigma program in America.
“A mentally healthy work environment enables Groton Wellness to focus on and provide the best possible care to our patients. I am proud that we are invested in promoting a mentally healthy workplace,” Lane says.
Any Massachusetts company, organization or municipality with at least 50 employees can join. For more information about CEOs Against Stigma, click here. Join NAMI Mass in its goal of signing 250 executives to the campaign and reaching half a million employees.