Last year on May 20, the first-ever Mental Health Action Day was marked by brands, organizations, and cultural leaders on a collective mission to encourage and empower people taking their first steps towards mental health action.
This year, Mars is proud to spotlight our new partnership with One Mind at Work—one of the founders behind Mental Health Action Day—as part of our ongoing commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of our Associates. One Mind at Work is a division of One Mind, a non-profit organization that offers a wealth of experience in the development and implementation of gold standard resources for workplace mental health and wellbeing. They are leaders in the advancement of brain research, taking a science-based approach to mental wellbeing, and longstanding advocates for addressing mental health disparities.
Cathryn Gunther, Global Head of Associate Health & Wellbeing for Mars: “In partnering with One Mind at Work, Mars is increasing its focus on our mental health agenda. Mental Health Action Day is the perfect time to encourage our Associates to take their first steps toward mental health action, whether for themselves or those in their communities. With a few simple actions—such as talking more openly about mental health challenges, modeling self-care by carving out time for ourselves, or exploring the services provided by our Associate Assistance Program—we can take a collective step toward better wellbeing.”
Given that most of the world’s population spends one-third of their adult lives at work, employers like Mars can make a positive impact on the way we approach mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the already dire mental health crisis, giving way to what many mental health professionals have called the “second pandemic.”
In response, Mars has made significant investments in Associates’ mental health through a wide range of resources—including the expansion of our Associate Assistance Program (AAP) to our 140,000 Associates around the world. This program provides free, confidential short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to Associates and household members who have personal and/or work-related concerns. Today, 57 percent of people are experiencing greater anxiety. That’s why we are truly committed to breaking down mental health stigma and ensuring we all get the support we need. We are excited about this new partnership with One Mind at Work as we make strides within our business and learn from other leaders in the field.