Business Group on Health Convenes Mental Health Summit

Business Group on Health recently convened a summit to address the top challenges faced by employers as they respond to the surge in mental health needs of employees and their families.

The July 13 virtual gathering, called “Prioritizing Mental Health: Closing the Gaps” and attended by Business Group on Health member-organizations, highlighted solutions in delivering comprehensive mental health care.

The summit was sponsored by Lyra Health, Onduo by Verily, and Spring Health, among others.

This is a new era because mental health issues are front and center. Employers are better equipped to address complex situations and needs such as substance use disorders, employee burnout and pediatric mental health conditions.

Ellen Kelsay, President and CEO, Business Group on Health

In addition, attendees shared information about culturally competent care that meets the needs of LGBTQ+ and BIPOC populations.

Virtual care can also serve as a platform for equity by allowing Black therapists, in short supply, to work across geographies, one of the expert panelists said.

Those in attendance learned about innovative, grassroots approaches to shift the narrative surrounding mental health to reduce stigma, offer care and support, direct employees to resources, and tackle emerging challenges proactively.

“Making Mental Health Care Inclusive,” “Aiding Recovery: Evidence-based Approaches to Substance Use Disorder,” “Nurturing Young Minds: Employer Support for the Mental Health Needs of Kids and Teens,” and “Culture, Comprehensive Care and Integration in Action” were among the sessions offered.

About Business Group on Health

Business Group on Health is the leading non-profit organization representing large employers’ perspectives on optimizing workforce strategy through innovative health, benefits and well-being solutions and on health policy issues. The Business Group keeps its membership informed of leading-edge thinking and action on health care cost and delivery, financing, affordability and experience with the health care system. Business Group members include 70 Fortune 100 companies as well as large public-sector employers, who collectively provide health and well-being programs for more than 60 million individuals in 200 countries. For more information, visit