Right Direction makes taking the first step easier
About Right Direction
Right Direction is a free initiative designed to provide employers with tools and actionable strategies to raise awareness about depression and to improve workplace mental health for a happier, more engaged, and productive workplace. The program features turnkey and customizable resources and materials to increase awareness, reduce stigma, and encourage help-seeking behaviors.
Right Direction started in 2013, through the collaboration of Employers Health, a nonprofit professional benefit organization, and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation’s Center for Workplace Mental Health. These organizations saw an opportunity to leverage their expertise to help employers address workplace mental health. Right Direction’s resources have been used by thousands of employers from diverse industries as a stand-alone program or as a supplement to existing health benefits. Right Direction can be used to strengthen key vendor relationships with health care providers, employee assistance programs, pharmacy benefit managers, and others. It can also be used with health and wellness initiatives to improve outcomes.
Sean Godar works as the Director and Team Lead of Analytics and Employer Solutions at Employers Health, a nonprofit professional benefits organization. At Employers Health, Dr. Godar works with team members to identify client pain points and create effective strategies and recommendations to optimize firm products and services portfolio, strengthen organizational value, and enhance client experience. Prior to Employers Health, Dr. Godar served as a Research Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Utah, where his research focused on the role of early-life stress on the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders, resilience, and impulse control conditions. This research led to the publication of over 30 articles in high-impact peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Godar received his Doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Southern California and his Masters of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Darcy Gruttadaro joined the American Psychiatric Association Foundation in 2017 as the Director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health. In this role, she develops and implements the Center’s strategic direction by providing employers with high impact tools and resources to support the mental health of employees and their families. Before joining the Center, Ms. Gruttadaro served in multiple senior positions with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Ms. Gruttadaro has expertise in effective approaches to expanding evidence-based practices, improving early intervention, securing insurance coverage for mental health services and building a broader array of effective services and supports that promote resilience and recovery.