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What is the One Mind Initiative?

Established with initial funding from Founding Sponsor Janssen Research & Development, LLC, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (“Janssen”), the One Mind Initiative (“OMI”) is a global coalition of leaders from diverse sectors including business, medicine, research, education, law enforcement, the military and civil society. These leaders will join together with the goal of providing the transformational leadership we need at this historic moment in the evolution of mental health care, by championing proven, scalable approaches to raise awareness, eliminate stigma, deliver affordable access to quality care, build a culture of well-being and deliver better health and economic outcomes.

What will the One Mind Initiative do?

The inaugural work stream for OMI is planned to be the One Mind Initiative at Work – a coalition of chief executives and leaders of major employers, committed to creating the gold standard for workplace well-being and brain health. The founding members will select a set of priorities and identify specific projects, work streams and teams that are capable of generating systemic change in workplace mental health. 

Future areas of focus for OMI include an anti-stigma initiative (One Mind Initiative Voices), armed forces and veterans’ issues (One Mind Initiative Heroes), mental health and the criminal justice system, equity in access to healthcare and funding for “open science” brain research. Much like the One Mind Initiative at Work, each work stream will gather key executives and leaders in a particular focus area to serve as Founding Members.

Why are we creating a coalition of CEOs and other global leaders?

We need to break the logjams, from the lab to the community, that currently prevent people throughout the world from accessing effective mental health treatments to alleviate suffering. Every successful social, medical or social rights movement has drawn inspiration from key leaders. 

The issues of workplace well-being and brain health require true leadership from CEOs in particular for at least three reasons. First, CEOs care about the well-being of their employees and their families. Second, CEOs are needed to push through changes that involve many different constituencies. Third, CEOs can set the direction for the innovation and collaboration that can drive achievable changes and benefit millions of people across the globe.

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Every successful social, medical or civil rights movement has drawn inspiration from key leaders. In the workplace, CEOs are the engine for change. Join us.

Frequently Asked Questions

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