What it means to become a
Stop from the TOP leader
- Personal Leadership – Educate yourself and other top executives in understanding mental illness and best practices in the workplace. Start by sending a memo to all employees stressing the importance of stamping out stigma. I will act as an Ambassador for Stop from the TOP by seeking to enlist fellow CEOs whom I believe share my commitment to a stigma- free workplace.
- 2. In Our Own Voice – Bring NAMI’s “In Our Own Voice” (lOOV) presentations into the workplace to further understanding and empathy about mental illness. IOOV has been documented as one of the most effective anti-stigma programs in America.*
- Stigma-Free Workplace – Work with NAMI to promote productivity by encouraging open dialogue among employees about mental illness. Start by distributing and posting NAMI Nevada materials for employees and managers.
- Helpful Health Benefits – Examine employee health and welfare benefits to ensure availability of effective benefits for mental illness and addiction.
- EAP – Strongly consider an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and if you have one, make sure it is welcoming to all with mental health issues and effective in providing assistance to them.
- Public Awareness – Participate with NAMI Nevada, through linked websites and media awareness, in educating the public about how to move beyond stigma.
*Patrick W. Corrigan, Jenessa R. Shapiro, “Measuring the impact of programs that challenge the public stigma of mental illness” Clinical Psychology Review 30 (2010) 907-922; Patrick W. Corrigan et al. “Changing stigmatizing perceptions and recollections about mental illness: the effects of NAMl’s “In Our Own Voice” Community Mental Health Journal, 46(2010), 517-522.