New partnership aims to transform workplace mental health

Top healthcare system and public policy institute announce partnership with global coalition of leading employers to transform workplace mental health.

RUTHERFORD, Calif., May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — One Mind Initiative at Work is pleased to announce a new partnership with Sutter Health and the Steinberg Institute to accelerate our organization’s efforts to transform employer-based approaches to mental health. Sutter Health 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 partnership will add to existing One Mind at Work collaborations and aim to improve employee well-being, reduce business costs, and address the social prejudice that affects the 1-in-4 people worldwide who have mental health conditions. The organizations are announcing the partnership in May in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.

“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.

“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.”

“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.”

The organizations will participate in an event on September 13 and 14, 2017 in Napa, California: “One Mind at Work — Launching A Global Movement.” The event will convene Fortune 100 executives, leading academic experts in mental health, and representatives from national and international health organizations. Topics will include a gold standard for workplace mental health best practices, the business case for mental health, addressing provider shortages and access barriers, and tech-enabled approaches to brain health.


One Mind Institute is a public nonprofit organization committed to improving lives globally by raising awareness, supporting innovative services, and funding open science to find preventions and cures for all brain illnesses. Contributions to One Mind Institute and its affiliate, One Mind, have resulted in over $260 million for research, changed thousands of lives, and funded stunning discoveries for better therapies now and tomorrow.


Founded by Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, the Steinberg Institute is a leading nonprofit public policy institute that supports and encourages effective and comprehensive mental health public policymaking; helps solve disputes between mental health stakeholders; engages business leaders and other non-traditional stakeholders; evaluates the impact of current investments; and implements a bold, best-practices vision to advance mental health services and support integrated systems of care.


Sutter Health was named one of the nation’s top five large health systems in 2016 thanks to its integrated network of physician, employee and volunteer pioneers—more than 60,000 people strong. Rooted in Sutter Health’s not-for-profit mission, these team members partner to deliver exceptional care that feels personal. From physician offices to hospitals to outpatient care centers and home services, they proudly support and learn from the more than 3 million people in their care—nearly 1 percent of the U.S. population, in one of the most diverse and innovative regions in the world. Sutter pioneers adopt new technologies, make novel discoveries and embrace creative thinking to help patients and communities achieve their best health. From its street nurse program that provides check-ups for people experiencing homelessness, to telemedicine-aided specialist consultations, to walk-in care clinics, to smart glass technology, the Sutter Health team goes beyond traditional models to make care more convenient and to nurture and empower people throughout their medical journey.

SOURCE Sutter Health

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