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Depression is a serious condition that affects all aspects of a person’s life. This includes the ability to be productive and successful at work.


Right Direction is a first-of-its-kind initiative that gives employers the tools they need to address depression in the workplace. What makes this initiative unique from other depression awareness campaigns is that it was developed for and by employers for specific application at the workplace. It provides turnkey, customizable resources and materials to increase awareness, reduce stigma, and encourage people to seek help.

 

Right Direction is the brainchild of Clare Miller, formerly of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, and Marcas Miles, formerly of Employers Health, who both saw an opportunity for employers to address depression. Launched in May 2013, Miller and Miles began work to co-create the initiative. Miller, the former director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health, a program of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, and Miles, former Senior Director, Marketing and Communications with Employers Health Coalition, Inc. were well-positioned to combine their employer and mental health expertise to deliver a high impact program that meets the needs of employers and leverages existing mental health programs.

 

Right Direction is available for free through generous support from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. (TPUSA) and Lundbeck U.S., two companies that recognize the value of working with employers.

 

Hundreds of companies across the US have adopted the free, turnkey initiative, while engaging and strengthening key vendor relationships (employee assistance programs, medical and mental health/substance abuse plans, pharmacy benefit managers, among others) and have realized both strong quantitative and qualitative outcomes. A number of employer case studies have been developed to illustrate how Right Direction can effectively address depression in the workplace. With treatment, employees struggling with depression will see great strides in improved productivity, overall performance, and will realize their full potential at work and at home.

 

Sean Godar, Ph.D.

Director, Solutions Development
Employers Health

Sean Godar works as the Director of Solutions Development at Employers Health, a nonprofit professional benefits organization. At Employers Health, Sean works with team members to identify client pain points and creates effective strategies to optimize organizational value and client experience. He also focuses on developing internal employee learning and training initiatives. Prior to Employers Health, Sean served as a Research Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Utah, where his research focused on the role of early-life stress on the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders, resilience, and impulse control conditions. Sean has published numerous research manuscripts in high-impact peer-reviewed scientific journals and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Stark County NAMI and as the Vice-President of Education for Stark County Toastmasters. Sean is finishing his Global Executive MBA at Duke University Fuqua School of Business and he is a founding Editorial Board Member of the Duke Business Review.

 

Darcy Gruttadaro, J.D.

Director, Center for Workplace Mental Health,
American Psychiatric Association Foundation

Darcy Gruttadaro joined the APA Foundation in 2017 as the director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health. As director, she is developing and implementing the Center’s strategic direction in providing employers high impact tools and resources to support the mental health of employees and their families. Before joining the Center, Ms. Gruttadaro served in multiple senior positions with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Ms. Gruttadaro has expertise in effective approaches to expanding evidence-based practices, improving early intervention, securing insurance coverage for mental health services and building a broader array of effective services and supports that promote resiliency and recovery.

 

Clare Miller

Mental Health Benefits Manager, Facebook
Co-creator, Right Direction

 

Marcas Miles

Vice President of Engagement, Blue Communications Agency
Co-creator, Right Direction

 

 

To learn more about how you can implement this initiative at your company, or to include a speaker/presentation at your upcoming meeting, conference, or business event, contact Sean Godar at 234.401.9832.