Depression and other mental health issues are more common than most of us would think.  40 million Americans live with depression, and 1 in 5 Americans is diagnosed with a mental health issue in a given year. Unfortunately, those who suffer from mental health issues often refrain from getting the help they need due to the stigma attached to mental health.

On Oct. 15, Norman Winegar, Espyr’s Chief Clinical Officer, will join a distinguished panel of mental health experts to discuss what employers can do to relieve the stigma that prevents employees from getting the professional help they need. The event, #FINDYOURWORDS: Breaking the Silence Around Mental Health and Wellness, is presented by Kaiser Permanente.

The event will begin with keynote speaker, Dr. Sally Saba, Vice President of Operations, Performance, and Compliance, National Diversity and Inclusion at Kaiser Permanente, who will share a compelling story about her personal journey and struggle with mental health.  The panel discussion that follows will include a representative from the State of Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and community advocates.

As a leader in behavioral health, Espyr is honored to participate in this important conversation.  The event, which will take place in Atlanta and was open to the public, sold out very quickly.  For those interested in learning more about how employers can help relieve the stigma of mental health,  we will provide a synopsis in a blog posting following the event.