Johnson & Johnson Transforming Minds About Mental Health

Johnson & Johnson Transforming Minds About Mental Health

The Mental Health Diplomats pictured from left to right, beginning with the bottom row: Michelle Dickinson, Ruby Suresh, Karin Burns,* Jennifer Taubert (ADA Executive Sponsor), Geralyn Giorgio (Co-Founder of Mental Health Diplomats),* Coleen Hammitt,* Seina Lee; and in the bottom row: Len DeCandia,* Doug McCullough,* Gahan Pandina,* Holly Raymond,* Callum Vine, Ali Fennell, Ruby Castilla, Ingrid Jurgensen, Ana Carol Benicio, Angela Andrews and Craig Kramer (Co-Founder of Mental Health Diplomats)*. * Denotes members of ADA Leadership Team

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Our employees are the heart, mind and soul of Johnson & Johnson. They power both the health of our organization, and their own healthy lives. That’s why we are committed to empowering and inspiring employees through a culture of health that embraces physical, financial, spiritual and mental wellbeing.

Our Opportunity

Foster a culture of inclusion by removing the stigma associated with mental health

Our Actions and Outcomes

The Alliance for Diverse Abilities (ADA) Employee Resource Group (ERG) recognized an opportunity to build more awareness and acceptance of mental health and neurodiversity. In 2017, ADA created a vision to transform the world’s mind about mental health with the creation of the Mental Health Diplomats (MHDi), a group of employees who champion better appreciation of mental health across Johnson & Johnson and in our communities.

In 2018, Under the ADA ERG, the MHDi

  • Offered mental health awareness training where participants were trained to respond in LOVEL(isten), O(bserve), V(alidate), E(ncourage)
  • Expanded the focus of ADA to include mental health, and became one of the fastest-growing ERGs, expanding from five to 32 countries in one year
  • Held 100+ employee events in 30+ countries on World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2018

The MHDi provide resources, training and support to employees and their families. The group has been focusing on information related to depression—the most prevalent mental health condition—and on suicide prevention. The MHDi enable people with common conditions and caregivers to have a sense of belonging and community as well as the support and energy to make a difference. The group hosts a monthly speaker series to educate the global Johnson & Johnson community on mental health and the need to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health conditions. It has also partnered with Johnson & Johnson Global Health Services to create mental health awareness training for managers, empowering them to hold conversations about mental health with employees and encourage them to access Employee Assistance Programs.

To learn more about the MHDi, the ADA ERG or our 11 other ERGs, click here.

Johnson & Johnson's Leadership

Co-led by Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky, the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable in 2018 commissioned the Mental Health: A Workforce Crisis report, to support employees and their families facing mental health challenges. Take a look here.

Employees are transforming our Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) journey. Read more stories in our CultureDiverse Workforce and Business Results pillars.