The 2-Minute Mind Check campaign aims to help employees in the San Francisco Bay determine where they stand on the depression scale and share helpful resources with those in need. The Initiative Includes:
● A SURVEY: A confidential, 2-minute online quiz to help people identify depression or depressive symptoms.
● DISCUSSIONS: Live and online discussions on the topics of depression that are hosted by WeWork.
● EDUCATION: Easy-to-find tools and resources online for understanding and managing the symptoms of depression in productive ways.
WHY the 2-Minute mind check?
Depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.
16 million people suffer from depression and it causes over 44,000 suicides every year. Additionally, less than 50% of people who suffer get help. These numbers are staggering.
Yet, depression is still stigmatized in the heart of one of the wealthiest areas in the world, the San Francisco Bay Area. The culture in this region very often prioritizes productivity over self-care, and any sign of not running at 100 percent is perceived as weakness. An atmosphere where we cannot talk about depression publicly is toxic.
The good news is that we can change that!
The ADAA (American Depression and Anxiety Association), NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness-San Francisco), WeWork and Meru Health, among other organizations, individuals and companies, have joined together to break this stigma, educate, discuss and provide helpful tools for people who needlessly suffer.
We have joined together to help change the root cause of this problem -- the archaic and toxic underlying culture that prevents people from talking about their challenges and receiving help. We want to help change the outdated attitudes toward depression and create a culture where people can talk about their challenges openly and not be ashamed to look for help.
Through the 2-Minute Mind-Check, we seek to empower and encourage people to identify their level of depression, discuss openly - in a safe community - about the impacts depression has had on their lives, and provide them access to free tools and resources to help them heal.
In a region that celebrates innovation, we invite leaders, educators, technology (or knowledge) workers and the VC community to join together to help break this stigma, and face the challenge of depression! Together, we can change and save the lives of our friends, families and co-workers who deserve our kindness, creativity and compassion!
Members of the 2-Minute Mind Check working group began working this summer to develop this community initiative.
Susan Gurley - Executive Director, American Depression and Anxiety Association (ADAA)
Michael Gleason , Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Brands, LLC and ADAA Board Member
Anne Fischer, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-SF)
Ruth O’Hara, Ph.D, Assoc. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (VA Geriatric), Stanford University School of Medicine/VA Aging Clinical Research Center
Christine Elizabeth Gould, Ph.D, Instructor (affiliated), Stanford UniversitySchool of Medicine
Philippe Goldin, Ph.D, Associate Professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
Kristian Ranta , Founder & CEO, Meru Health
SUPPORTERS AND PARTNERS
The 2-Minute Mind Check offers thanks to:
Brad Feld, co-founder, Foundry Group
SPECIAL APPRECIATION TO:
Melissa Galinato, Alan Pirdil, Renée Burgard LCSW, Erin Gillung, Surj Patel, Auny Abegglen, Ivan Hess, Logan Johnston, John McCartney, Pacifica
S. Neil Vineberg - Program Director
S. Neil Vineberg is program director for the 2-Minute Mind Check. Neil has been a communications advisor to Internet startups and enterprise companies, including IBM, Sprint, and Sony. He also created and managed local, national and global non-profit and public awareness campaigns for UNICEF, UNDP and Save the Children. The global Peace Run, which he launched in 1987, celebrated 30 years of service this year.
Neil also lives a mindful life. Has has practiced meditation for 10,000+ hours and translated his meditations into heartfelt music that can be heard on Sirius/XM Radio, Spotify and inside popular meditation apps.
Melissa Galinato - Program Manager
Melissa Galinato is the Program Manager for the 2-Minute Mind Check. She has over 8 years of scientific research and teaching experience in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and cognitive science. Melissa recently earned her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego after completing research on drug addiction in the brain.
At UCSD, Melissa worked as a health educator and event coordinator, promoting student wellness through events such as the Get Yourself Tested campaign and World AIDS Day. Melissa also served as the President of Graduate Women in Science and Engineering, a student organization that addresses professional development and well-being of graduate students.
Melissa has combined her scientific expertise with her desire to enhance public health education as a freelance writer and editor, covering mental health topics for the Society for Neuroscience on BrainFacts.org and NeuWriteSD.org. Melissa plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health to empower local communities to improve access to mental health care.
2-Minute Mind Check
San Francisco CA
Email: 2MinuteMind Check