posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Annual Conference to focus on mental health in the workplace

Registration is now open!

Mental health in the workplace will be the topic of the Healthiest State Initiative’s 2019 Annual Conference, presented by HealthPartners UnityPoint Health, on May 14 in Ames.

conference logoThrough interactive panels and inspirational speakers, conference attendees will formulate a comprehensive action plan that includes physical and emotional health, financial wellness, stress management and volunteerism.

“Each year, one in four Americans experiences a mental illness — and Iowa workforces are not immune to that statistic,” said Jami Haberl, executive director of the Healthiest State Initiative. “In order to be most productive, employees need to feel safe and supported at work. That’s why talking about mental health should be a priority for Iowa companies.”

The 2019 Annual Conference: Putting Awareness into Action will feature:

  • Sarah Noll Wilson, M.S., CPCC, executive coach and transformer of teams, who will deliver an interactive keynote address;
  • Iowa companies of various sizes and industries that have implemented wellness programs supportive of mental health;
  • Influential Iowans — Steve Karlin and Lyndsey Fennelly — who have courageously shared their stories of mental illness.

View a full list of break-out sessions, get location information or learn more about the Annual Conference here.

RELATED: Why this topic matters | Q&A with our keynote speaker

The Annual Conference will also serve as the official launch of the Make It OK campaign in Iowa. The goal of Make It OK is to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness by encouraging open conversations. Learn more at

Registration open:

Registration for the 2019 Annual Conference: Putting Awareness into Action is $120 for an individual or $400 for a group package of four. To purchase tickets, click here.

This conference is valid for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits through Iowa Workforce Development.