Episode 2 – The Stigma of Mental Health and The Next Diversity and Inclusion Initiative with Craig Kramer of Johnson & Johnson

In this episode, Craig Kramer explores Johnson & Johnson’s history, strategy, and the incredible success the organization has had in addressing Mental Health as Diversity and Inclusion matter. Kramer serves as the Mental Health Ambassador and Chair, Global Campaign on Mental Health for Johnson & Johnson, the leading American multinational corporation founded in 1886.

Johnson and Johnson is consistently recognized the list of Best Companies For Diversity and Inclusion. Racial/ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities often suffer from poor mental health outcomes due to multiple factors including inaccessibility of high quality mental health care services, cultural stigma surrounding mental health care, discrimination, and overall lack of awareness about mental health. Mental health and diversity and inclusion (D&I) are closely connected.

As employers deepen their focus on D&I and racial justice, they should ensure employees from diverse backgrounds have the mental health support they need, from employee resource groups to counseling services to mental health screening tools.

It’s impressive that in just a few short years Johnson and Johnson’s Mental Health Diplomats Employee Resource Group (ERG) has membership growth of over 1000 employees in 32 countries and aligns to support a strategy to attract and retain diverse talent.

 

3:53  Mental Health Personal Experience – a Broken System

5:19  Some Movements Don’t Wait for Permission

9:30  The Power of Storytelling – Connects People and Reduces Stigma

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About Brian & Charlotte

After meeting as students at Cornell  University, the married couple have forged Fortune 500 careers in HR,  Diversity & Inclusion, Talent & Organizational Development and Marketing.

What they share in common is a realization of the intersectionality of race, gender, and disability and an overwhelming passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion