NEW YORK — Expanding its efforts to address the mental health crisis, Weber Shandwick is rolling out an executive training program aimed at protecting and promoting employees’ mental health at work.

Following a World Health Organization recommendation, the agency is partnering with Project Healthy Minds, a millennial-focused nonprofit, on preventing mental health risks, protecting and promoting mental health at work, and supporting those with mental health conditions.

PHM will guide the agency on expanding its workplace mental health strategy and commitments, which will include executive-level workshops to train leaders in the development of a mentally healthy workforce.  

The workshops will be available to 200 of Weber Shandwick’s most senior leaders worldwide. They will cover areas such as burnout, employee resilience, interpersonal team dynamics and organizational changes that can alleviate culture-centric stressors.

PHM will also help build out initiatives based on Weber Shandwick’s priorities and culture, with the goal of creating a mental health program that can be shared externally.

"Mental health issues are vast and complex, and the workplace has been ground zero for the most difficult and devastating ramifications of the mental health crisis,” said Weber Shandwick CEO Gail Heimann, who has made employees’ mental health a priority.  “We hope to make our workplace — IRL and virtual — ground zero for understanding. And change. We’re proud to partner with Project Healthy Minds to help create a healthy work environment for every colleague.”