How to Create a Peer Listening Program for Mental Health Champions

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Through our efforts, we've empowered people [to talk about mental health] similar to how we speak about physical health… no longer in hushed tones or only in private. That’s what I'm most proud about. We are helping to bring conversations about mental health out into the open.”

 

What is a Peer Listening Program?

Peer listening programs—also called mental health “champions” or “advocates”—reduce mental health stigma by creating safety, providing a network of trained colleagues willing to actively listen and navigate mental health conversations, and referring employees to available resources.

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What's included in the Peer Listening Toolkit?

We created this toolkit to provide HR and People Leaders with the core foundational steps and considerations to create an inclusive, effective, and successful peer listening program. We dive into important details, such as the role of peer listeners, building a network of peer listeners, and training and vetting peer listeners to ensure quality and safety.

There is a multitude of ways peer listening programs can be structured. This toolkit highlights examples from leading organizations, including PGIM, Reuters, Roche Genetech, Google, Twitter, and more. 

Remember...

Any exploration of a peer listening program must coincide with broader, intentional, strategic efforts to create safety and openness around mental health, as well as a sustainable culture of work. We'll cover more on why this is in the toolkit.

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Mind Share Partners offers training and strategic advising for companies to create safe and inclusive workplaces for mental health—including trainings for Champions!

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