The 2020 Indiana Wellness Summit is raising awareness of employee mental health and will provide organizations with best practices for the challenges their workforce may be facing at this time.
The summit – held as a virtual conference on September 10-11 – is presented by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Wellness Council of Indiana (WCI).
“Employers seeking to improve the mental health of their employees has been a rising trend over the last several years, but there is no question it has become even more important due to the amount of isolation and stress that the current pandemic has added to people’s lives,” says Jennifer Pferrer, WCI executive director.
“Those mental health impacts can range from loneliness and fear of anxiety and depression – and cannot be overlooked. An organization that takes a strategic approach to its overall mental fitness will see various benefits.”
While mental health is the centerpiece of this year’s program, says Pferrer, other key topics include using data to make informed program decisions, work-life balance, and resiliency, plus chronic disease management.
Additional agenda items involve wellness considerations for small employers (less than 50 employees), around-the-clock behavioral health/addiction care, and a panel on health determinants.
All education sessions feature live chats with the presenters. There is no limit to the number a person can attend, and more than 20 recorded sessions will be available through the end of the year.
The live-streamed keynote presentations are Mental Health 2.0 (Dr. Drew Ramsey, psychiatrist, author, farmer and National Kale Day founder); Recognizing Unmet Social Needs at Work: A No-Wrong-Door Approach to Healthy Communities (Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, Secretary, Indiana Family, and Social Services Administration); and WILD Wellbeing (Chris Heeter, The WILD Institute).
Networking is still an integral component with many interactive opportunities with sponsors and exhibitors through the virtual expo, plus a virtual café connects attendees.
The full summit cost is $399 for Indiana Chamber or WCI members, $499 for non-members. Register online at indianawellnesssummit.com.