A Napa Valley nonprofit that has raised hundreds of millions for brain research on Tuesday said it started a global effort to “transform employer-based approaches to mental health”
Rutherford-based One Mind Institute, started 12 years ago by vintners Garen and Shari Staglin, said it is partnering with Sutter Health, which has North Bay hospitals and clinics, and Steinberg Institute, a Sacramento nonprofit focused on brain health public policy, to launch the One Mind Initiative at Work. The stated goal is to encourage employers to adopt workplace best practices in brain fitness and mental health.
The rollout is timed to coincide with May’s being 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. “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 are set to 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.
Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sacramento-based Sutter Health, called this a “game-changing partnership.”
“As a health care employer, Sutter Health knows first-hand 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,” she said.
One Mind at Work pointed to “immense” societal and business costs of mental health conditions, said to impact $16 trillion in global economic output by 2030.
The founder of Steinberg Institute said the initiative is intended to “normalize discussion of mental health in the workplace.”
“Our aim is to ensure brain health is given the same attention as physical health when it comes to prevention, intervention, and treatment,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.
The Staglins started the fundraising and research advocacy effort that became One Mind Institute (onemindinstitute.org) two decades ago. Their son Brandon had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1990, and in 1995 they started the first music festival at Staglin Family Vineyard to raise money for brain research. Since then, the organization said it has raised more than $260 million for the effort.