How to Improve Your Organization's Mental Health Initiatives and Outcomes

Presenters: David Batman, Virgin Pulse and Lauren Chestnut, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

View live: March 22, 2021, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT (available for on-demand viewing through June 2021)

Program length: 60 minutes

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Studies have shown that rates of mental illness are rising in the face of a pandemic that has left many isolated and struggling financially, emotionally and physically. Likewise, these illnesses don't disappear when employees clock in for the day. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, mental health conditions cost employers more than $100 billion and 217 million lost workdays each year.

Yet, even during these challenging times, far too many organizations ignore this impact, offering only empty platitudes or still treating mental illness as a taboo topic in the workplace. 

In this program, you'll receive guidance on how to create and maintain effective mental health programs that will benefit your workforce and your organization. You'll hear insights and ideas from Lauren Chestnut, manager of well-being and work-life programs for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, on how the organization is prioritizing the mental health of employees in this period of uncertainty and heightened stress; and from David Batman of Virgin Pulse on how the pandemic is impacting mental health globally.

During this program, you'll learn:

  • What types of wellness programs resonate with employees, especially during this challenging and isolating time
  • How to foster frank conversation about mental health in your workplace and create a culture of support
  • Ensure employees understand the mental health resources at their disposal — and when to seek out help

About the Presenters: 


David Batman, M.D., has been a registered medical practitioner for 47 years and a consultant in occupational medicine for 30 years. He spent 20 years as head of occupational health, safety and employee well-being for Nestle in the UK and Ireland and has special interests in mental health at work, risk assessments, rehabilitation and resettlement of employees. Batman specializes in advising on lifestyle preventative approach to medicine, developing resilience and management of mental health issues. He previously served as chief medical officer for Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) and is now a valued member of the Virgin Pulse Science Advisory Board.

Lauren Chestnut is responsible for health management strategy at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is accountable for creation and management of well-being programs that help employees overcome barriers they may have in living a healthier lifestyle. Chestnut has spent two decades in the wellness industry and thrives on integrating the science of positive psychology, well-being and resilience into a company culture that inspires employees to flourish personally and professionally. 

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SHRM CertificationRecertification Credit

SHRM Certification has approved this webcast for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification. A program code will be provided at the end of the webcast. The program also meets recertification credit standards set by the HR Certification Institute and other HR certifying bodies, but candidates must manually enter their activity into their records.

Webcast Sponsor

This webcast is sponsored by Virgin Pulse



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