GIOF Annual Meeting • May 19–26, 2022
The Largest Annual Meeting of
 the Global DEI Community

Mental Health as a DEI Priority: Stories & Strategies from the Field

May 20, 2022 10:30 PM CET BUY TICKETS

It is undeniable that the racialized pandemic we are living through has impacted more than just our routines. The uncertainty brought on by COVID-19 has generated a state of fear that has caused a mental health crisis in the US and globally. In April 2021, the CDC reported that, “During August 2020– February 2021, the percentage of adults with recent symptoms of an anxiety or a depressive disorder increased from 36.4% to 41.5%, and the percentage of those reporting an unmet mental health care need increased from 9.2% to 11.7%." And the increased awareness of social justice issues has been taxing on our hearts and minds. Hence, mental health should be a priority for every organization.

However, many leaders, although well intended, are unsure of how to address this crisis in the workplace. At times, challenges go unnoticed due to the stigma attached to mental health. Other times, resources are shared with no follow-through. As a result, employees are not just requesting more time off, but at times are resigning due to unmet mental and emotional health needs; which ultimately affects the company’s bottom line. What is a leader to do?

Although taking a “one size fits all” approach can appear to be the easiest and quickest way to address this issue, it is not as effective. Being person-centered yields a better return. In this presentation, Chou Hallegra, Mental Health & DEI Consultant, will share case studies from her work supporting the mental health needs of individuals in the workplace, as well as effective and practical strategies to help leaders create and maintain workplaces that promote wellbeing and belonging for all.

Chou Hallegra Founder & CEO at Grace & Hope Consulting, LLC