While the world's population has been focused on the physical effects of COVID-19, there hasn't always been as much attention paid to mental health amid the pandemic.
Every socio-economic class, demographic group, and industry has felt the strain, brought on by social isolation, job instability, and increased stress.
"It quickly became clear that these preventative measures, while recommended for reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, were not providing the feeling of security for company employees that we had hoped for," says Next Level Urgent Care's chief medical officer, Karen Rakers, MD. "We needed to address employee mental health."
Next Level Urgent Care began COVID-19 testing across its 15 urgent care locations in March, and shortly after expanded into Houston workplaces, providing onsite COVID-19 testing and temperature checks for large employers in the Houston area.
When it became clear that mental health required more attention than it had been getting, the Next Level Health and Wellness team worked with clinical psychologist Ilyssa Bass, PhD, to assemble a group of diverse mental health and workplace wellness professionals.
Together, they worked to address mental health stigma in the workplace and educate employers on how to implement creative solutions to address employee mental health issues.
One of the major results is the Prioritizing Workplace Wellness Summit, a free five-day virtual event taking place September 28-October 2.
Attendees can look forward to interviews with more than 25 interviews experts, including such as Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D; Daryl Shorter, MD; Craig Kramer; Liz Kislik; Bill Judge, JD, LL.M; and Jeff Gorter, LMSW.
Here’s a taste of what you’ll discover during the summit:
- How a multi-faceted approach to improving the mental health of an employee group leads to success
- Which qualities make organizations resilient when responding to crises including the pandemic
- Leadership skills and techniques that help maintain a strong workforce
- Threat assessments and multidisciplinary workplace violence prevention programs to keep an employee group safe
- How now, more than ever, technology can help reach the masses and deliver easily accessible solutions for common mental health issues
- Steps employers can take to reduce stigma in their organizations
- Why the time for action is right now during the pandemic
As a bonus, each free ticket also comes with access to an exclusive new report, "The Top Workplace Wellness and Mental Health Strategies."
Sign up to discover what's working today to optimize mental health in the workplace — your employees will thank you.