Your Mental Health at Work

THU, APR 26, 2007

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and an expert panel discuss workplace conditions that can greatly affect employees' mental health and on-the-job productivity. Gaps in insurance coverage, problems with access to care, and the stigma surrounding mental illnesses can contribute to an environment that discourages employees from seeking help and treatment.

+ BIO: Rosalynn Carter

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has worked for more than three decades to improve the quality of life for people around the world. She is an advocate for mental health, early childhood immunization, human rights, and conflict resolution through her work at The Carter Center in Atlanta. She also champions professional and family caregivers through her work at the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia, near her home town of Plains, GA.

+ BIO: Lei Ellingson

As assistant director, Lei Ellingson assists the director in developing, planning, and implementing Mental Health Program activities, including the Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy, the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, and the Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Mental Health America of Georgia and acts as the liaison between the Mental Health Program and state organizations. Previously, Ms. Ellingson worked in the field of special education. Ms. Ellingson received an M.P.P. from Duke University, an M.S.S.E. from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.

+ BIO: Cynthia Wainscott

Cynthia Wainscott is a member of NMHA's Board of Directors. Cynthia served as education director of the Mental Health Association of Minnesota from 1987-1990, and was executive director of the National Mental Health Association of Georgia from 1990-2003. She was also a founding member of the Georgia Prevention Credentialing Consortium and a member of the Center for Mental Health Services' National Mental Health Advisory Council from 2000-2004.

With 16 years experience, Cynthia is an established leader in mental health education. She directed a pilot site for the National Institute of Mental Health's Depression: Awareness, Recognition and Treatment program a ground-breaking public education campaign developing a training model for education programs nationwide.

Her passion for advocacy and education is fueled by the experiences of her mother, daughter and granddaughter, who have all successfully lived with mental illness. Cynthia holds a BA degree from Metropolitan State.

+ BIO: Henry Harbin

Harbin is a Psychiatrist with over 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field. He has held a number of senior positions in both public and private health care organizations. He worked for 10 years in the public mental health system in Maryland serving as director of the state mental health authority for three of those years. He has been chief executive officer of two national behavioral healthcare companies - Greenspring Health Services and Magellan Health Services. At the time he was CEO of Magellan, it was the largest managed behavioral healthcare company managing the mental health and substance abuse benefits of approximately 70 million Americans including persons who were insured by private employers, Medicaid and Medicare.

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