In acknowledgment of World Mental Health Day, organizations around the world are putting a spotlight on the importance of mental health and wellness. And while this day is important for driving awareness and visibility, mental health is not a topic that should be visited only one day a year; it must be an ongoing dialogue, year-long. That dialogue is already underway in the insurance industry, with movements like Dive In leading the way.
Gallagher recently sponsored the annual Dive In Festival for Diversity & Inclusion in Insurance—supporting the development of inclusive workplace cultures in the insurance sector.The programming shed a light on expanding definitions of diversity and the emerging topics in inclusion, belonging, and wellness, including mental health.Through different events, resources, and discussions, the topic of mental health was at the forefront of the conversation—and Gallagher leaders were there to help drive it forward.
Advocating for Mental Health Awareness
Vice President, Marketing & Communications | Gallagher Bassett
Mental health can be a difficult topic to raise, especially in a professional environment. That's why advocates within the industry are key to leading the charge. One of those advocates at Gallagher is Kristy Sands—Vice President, Marketing & Communications at Gallagher Bassett. Outside of her role at Gallagher Bassett, she has taken an active role in driving mental health and wellness awareness as liaison to the Dive In Americas Mental Health Committee.
We asked Kristy about her experience working with Dive In, and why mental health is such an important topic.