Future of Work: Mental health supports in the digital era
January 22, 2021 at
Removing barriers in a changing mental health landscape
Nigel Branker, president, health and productivity solutions, Morneau Shepell
Paula Allen, global leader and vice president, research and total wellbeing, Morneau Shepell
Mark Henick, principal and chief executive officer, Strategic Mental Health Solutions
A panel of experts will review the year that was, through the lens of Morneau Shepell’s Mental Health Index. Discussion will include the status of workplace mental health, the importance of removing barriers and what employers can expect in this area through 2021.
Nigel Branker is Executive Vice President, Morneau Shepell and President, Health and Productivity Solutions. In his role, he leads the teams responsible for providing absence and disability management services, and for delivering Morneau Shepell’s internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy solution, AbilitiCBT. Nigel also leads the firm’s efforts to help clients create the business case and identify solutions to address mental health in the workplace.
Paula Allen – Global leader and Vice President, Research and Total Wellbeing
Paula Allen is the Global Leader, Research and Total Wellbeing and a Senior Vice- President at Morneau Shepell. In this role she manages the research agenda for Morneau Shepell, which includes primary research conducted by Morneau Shepell, exploratory data science, research collaborations and meta-analyses. Given her focus on industry leading research, Paula also leads Morneau Shepell’s thought leadership and is co-chair of the organization’s product and innovation strategy.
Mark Henick – Mental Health Advocate and Strategist | Top 50 TEDx Speaker
With over six million views, Mark Henick’s TEDx talk, “Why We Choose Suicide,” is among the most watched in the world. His story of searching for “the man in the light brown jacket” who saved his life from a teenage suicide attempt captured global attention, and when he learned of products being sold on Amazon that promoted suicide, his successful online petition to have them removed garnered tens of thousands of signatures. Henick has dedicated his life from an early age to opening minds and creating change. His talks are informed by his direct experience with stigma and the mental health care system, and he brings his diverse and unique perspective to every audience as someone who has been a patient, a professional, a policy influencer, and a public figure in the mental health system.