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.
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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
New Relic, NeuRelics
Ryan Companies, Support Without Stigma
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
Best Buy, disABILITIES
BlackRock, Ability & Allies Network
Ernst & Young, EY AccessAbilities
Google, Mental Health Anonymous (part of their Disability Alliance ERG)
Kaiser Permanente, KPability
Norton Rose Fulbright, Breathe
PayPal, Opportunity ERG
Pinterest, PinAble Qualcomm, AbilityQ
Red Hat, Neurodiversity at Red Hat
RetailMeNot, RMN Rx
Uber, Able at Uber
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.
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.