An Evolving List of Employee Resource Groups for Mental Health in the U.S.

Updated: Dec 4, 2019

Bernie Wong | Senior Associate, Mind Share Partners

Mental health employee resource groups (ERGs) are an emerging trend among leading companies, with the potential to make significant progress in reducing stigma in the workplace. With 84% of employees having experienced symptoms of poor mental health at work and 69% of employees hiding their condition from coworkers, mental health and stigma is an increasingly visible priority for companies.

Mental health ERGs have the potential to create psychological safety and reduce stigma throughout a company.

In our article on Thrive Global, we discuss how mental health-related ERGs are an effective resource that reduces mental health-related stigma through an evidence-based model of social contact, peer support, and education. In fact, supporting mental health at work has been shown to translate $4 in benefits to the company for every $1 invested. Employees can feel less alone, connected to a community, and realize that there are other, high-performing professionals who share a common experience. Mental health ERGs can also be a catalyst for organization-wide change and advocacy. Ultimately, mental healths ERGs can provide an invaluable resource for both employees’ and a company’s overall health.

Mental health ERGs are just emerging at leading companies. We compiled a list of existing ERGs in the U.S. that were either formed exclusively for mental health at work or incorporate mental health into their mission and activities. As new groups are formed or discovered, we will update this list to reflect the landscape of mental health ERGs as a resource for company leaders and change-makers.

Are you part of or thinking about creating a mental health ERG at your company? Join our virtual community for mental health ERG leaders.

Don't see your ERG in this list? Email to get added.

List updated on September 6, 2019.

Mental health ERGs or groups

(Alphabetical by company name)

Affirm, Mental Wellness ERG

Handshake, Mental Health Allies

Johnson & Johnson, Mental Health Diplomats

Netflix, Mental Health Employee Resource Group

New Relic, NeuRelics

Ryan Companies, Support Without Stigma

Squarespace, MindMatters

Symetra, One DMC: Disabilities, Mental Health and Caregivers United

Toast, Inc., Complex Carbs

Verizon Media, Neurodiversity Employee Resource Group

Welkin Health, MEH ERG

ERGs that include mental health activities

(Alphabetical by company name)

Accenture, Disability Employee Resource Group

Adobe, Access Adobe

Airbnb, Able@

Best Buy, disABILITIES

BlackRock, Ability & Allies Network

Covestro, Covestro Accessibility Resource Effort (CARE)

Ernst & Young, EY AccessAbilities

Esurance, eBility

Genentech, gSpectrum

Google, Mental Health Anonymous (part of their Disability Alliance ERG)

Intuit, Special Needs and Abilities Network

Kaiser Permanente, KPability

LinkedIn, EnableIn

Microsoft, disAbility

Nike, Ability & Friends Network

Norton Rose Fulbright, Breathe

PayPal, Opportunity ERG

Pinterest, PinAble Qualcomm, AbilityQ

Red Hat, Neurodiversity at Red Hat

RetailMeNot, RMN Rx

SAP, Differently Abled People

Uber, Able at Uber

VMWare, Disability@VMware

Walmart, Advocates for Disability Awareness and Education (ADAE)

Walt Disney Company, Disney T.R.U.S.T.

Zillow Group, ADAPT (Able and Disabled Advocates Partnering Together)

Mind Share Partners launched a free toolkit that outlines the 7 essential steps to creating a mental health ERG. Drawing from the scientific literature, insights from Mind Share Partners' forums and workshops, and interviews with companies such as Google, Johnson & Johnson, Verizon Media Group, and Zillow Group, we created a one-stop resource to equip you with the facts, questions, and considerations for creating an effective mental health ERG. Learn tips ranging from how to make the case for a mental health ERG to company leaders and employees, to naming and setting parameters using careful language and framing to reduce stigma, and to comply with workplace regulations and how to collaborate with your human resources team.

Download it here.

Bernie is a Senior Associate at Mind Share Partners. He leads the organization's research and development, visual design and branding, and other special projects. He is a widely-published author on mental health at work and advises companies on mental health strategy and initiatives.

Bernie holds a Master of Health Science in Mental Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from UC Berkeley. 

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