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Apr 12, 2021

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every profession and how many do their jobs. This is why it is critical for employers to use this time to open a dialogue about mental health with their employees, who have undoubtedly experienced change. And with May being Mental Health Awareness Month there is no time like the present to begin these dialogues.


Today Justin is joined by Darcy Gruttadaro, the Director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health, to discuss mental health and the workplace. As the Director, Darcy is developing and implementing the Center's strategic direction in providing employers high-impact tools and resources to support the mental health of employees and their families.


Darcy discusses some tips for employers to foster discussions around mental health and offers some useful frameworks developed by the center. She speaks about how remote working has impacted the workforce, how to address return-to-work anxiety, and offers additional resources that you can leverage as an employer or employee.


This episode is filled with fantastic insight on a very critical topic — don’t miss out!


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About RIMS’s Global Membership.

[:25] About today’s episode!

[:36] About this year’s Spencer & Sedgwick 5K Fun Run!

[1:06] About RIMS LIVE 2021 virtual event on April 19–29, 2021.

[1:35] About today’s conversation with Darcy Gruttadaro.

[2:16] Justin welcomes Darcy to the podcast!

[2:25] Darcy shares about her career background and how she became the Director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health.

[3:20] How has the prevalence of remote working impacted the workforce for better and for worse?

[5:40] Darcy shares how the American Psychiatric Association addresses issues around mental health.

[7:30] Darcy elaborates on the elements of the LEAD Framework that acts as a guide for how employers can better support employees’ mental health and psychological safety.

[10:10] About some fantastic upcoming RIMS webinars and workshops!

[11:38] Whether we’re still in the beginning stage of the pandemic or the middle, what does Darcy think we should come to expect for the future of work in America?

[13:47] How does the American Psychiatric Association advise or address the return-to-work anxiety as things continue to open up?

[15:56] Darcy plugs some upcoming virtual events that APA is hosting!

[17:39] New toolkits and resources from APA.

[18:39] Justin thanks Darcy Gruttadaro for joining RIMScast and shares some of the links to check out in this episode’s show notes!


Mentioned in this Episode:

APA Links:

APA Foundation Administration

Center for Workplace Mental Health

“COVID-19: Mental Health and Well-Being” | Center for Workplace Mental Health

“Words Matter: Reporting on Mental Health Conditions” | American Psychiatric Association

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

American Psychiatric Association: News & Events

Additional Events and Resources from the Center for Workplace Mental Health:

Guide with the LEAD Model

Guide on Working Remotely During COVID-19

Register for the April 13th Virtual Town Hall on Race, Mental Health, and Equity
Register for the April 29th Virtual Town Hall on Changing the Conversation in Workplace Mental Health

RIMS Webinars and Services:

RIMS-CRMP-FED Virtual Prep Course — May 24–26th, 2021

Register now for RIMS LIVE 2021, April 19–29, 2021!

Spencer & Sedgwick 5K Fun Run, April 20, 2021 — Register Today!

April 13, 2021 | “Thinking Differently About Risk: NextGen Risk Finance | Sponsored by Aon”

April 15, 2021 | “Understanding Your Fire Protections” | Sponsored by TÜV SÜD Global Risk Consultants

May 5, 2021 | Reputation Risks. Reputation Protection. Crisis Reduction.”

May 13, 2021 | The Risks and Rewards of Virtual Services” | Sponsored by Beazley

Upcoming RIMS Webinars

On-Demand Webinars

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

RIMS Virtual Workshops

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“Disruption and the Digital Age with Ward Ching”

“Duncan Wardle, RIMS Live 2021 Keynote Takes Innovation to Infinity and Beyond”

“RIMS Live 2021 Keynote Duncan Wardle Discusses Risk and Innovation”

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RIMS Publications, Content, and Links:

Risk Management Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Risk Leaders Series

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)


RIMS Membership — Whether you are a new member or need to transition, be a part of the global risk management community!

From Risk Management Magazine:

“Locked Down and Stressed Out: The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health”

“Understanding and Mitigating Social Risk”

“Suicide Discussions in the Workplace”

“Preparing for the Next Stage of the COVID-19 Pandemic at RIMS Content Roundtable”


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