WEBINAR REPLAY

Tackling Stigma Around Workforce Mental Health

Learn how managers and benefits leaders can help employees stay mentally well in this new normal.

What You’ll Learn

As mental health becomes a common pillar of workplace benefit programs, cultural barriers to care need to be proactively addressed. In more traditionally “deskless” professions like construction, manufacturing as well as professional service industries like finance and law, Human Resource leaders must tackle the stigma and associated shame around employees seeking treatment for everything from substance and alcohol use disorder to suicidal ideation. Join Kristina Guastaferri, Executive Director of the Mid-American Carpenters Regional Council Benefits Funds (MACRCBF) and Kendall Browne from Lyra’s Workforce Transformation team in discussion around how to facilitate the cultural shift to ensure a mental health benefit can drive meaningful impact. The MACRCBF is the Benefit Administrator for one of the largest regional labor unions in the country with a membership of more than 52,000 workers across Illinois, Kansas, and Eastern Iowa.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Tactics for shifting culture and attitudes around mental health at the grassroots level, including with union employees.
  • The channels of communication, both digital and traditional, that MACRCBF is using to promote mental health.
  • How to approach identifying and leveraging Mental Health Ambassadors for stigma reduction.

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Kristina Guastaferri

Executive Director/Benefits Administrator, Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council Benefit Funds

Kendall Browne, PhD

Program Manager, Workforce Transformation, Lyra Health

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About the Panel

Kristina Guastaferri

Ms. Guastaferri serves as the executive director of the Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council Benefit Funds, an organization dedicated to providing superior benefits and high-touch service to over 45,000 plan participants. Ms. Guastaferri launched her benefit administration career as a client account manager for Zenith Administrators, Inc. Then, she ventured away from third-party administration to serve as the controller for the Electrical Insurance Trustees Trust Fund Office in Chicago. Later, she joined the Chicago Laborers Welfare & Pension Funds in Westchester, IL as operations director, a position she held for over eight years before joining the Carpenters.

Ms. Guastaferri is a graduate of Augustana College. She is a certified public accountant and a member of the Illinois CPA Society. She holds certificates in Healthcare and Retirement Plans through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). She serves on the Labor Advisory Council for Express Scripts and Client Advisory Council for John Hancock Retirement Plan Services. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the IFEBP and serves as Chair of the IFEBP Administrators Planning Committee. She is a frequent speaker, panelist, and moderator at IFEBP conference events.

Kendall Browne, PhD

Kendall Browne, PhD, is the Program Manager, Workforce Mental Health at Lyra Health and a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Browne has over a decade of experience in the development, evaluation, and use of evidence-based interventions for mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders, and substance use disorders. Throughout her career, Dr. Browne has provided educational trainings and consultation to healthcare leaders, administrators, frontline clinician providers, and employees. Prior to joining Lyra Health, Dr. Browne conducted research and supported local and national education and clinical training initiatives as the Associate Director, Training and Education for the Veterans Affairs Center of Excellence in Substance Addiction Treatment and Education. In her current role, she consults with employers on workplace wellness and mental health strategy and contributes to the development and delivery of Lyra's educational content.