Hyland partners with NAMI to fight the stigma around mental health Hylanders join forces to support each other and mental health awareness across Cleveland

Hyland is passionate about mental health and is committed to not only talking the talk, but also walking the walk — and on Saturday, September 11, many Hylanders literally will.

Thanks to the work of Peace of Mind, one of Hyland’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Hyland is an official sponsor of the NAMIWalks Your Way Greater Cleveland event taking place later this month.

For the second year in a row, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Cleveland is hosting its fundraiser “your way” with both an in-person walk and virtual fundraiser to help end the stigma that is associated with mental health and reaching out.


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Hyland’s NAMIWalks sponsorship was an initiative launched by the Peace of Mind ERG, who invited the Veterans ERG (VERG) to join as well, noting the significance of the NAMIWalks date on 9/11 and the importance of veterans’ mental health.

The Peace of Mind ERG

Peace of Mind serves as a community, free of judgement, for employees to learn, share and listen with the intention of eliminating stigma associated with the broad spectrum that is mental health. John Rice, Hyland’s vice president of Global Services, is the executive sponsor for Peace of Mind as well as a new board member of NAMI Greater Cleveland’s Board of Directors.

Caitlin Fertal, an instructional designer in Education Services and volunteer program lead of Peace of Mind, says many people find it uncomfortable to talk about mental health struggles or how to express to others how they’re feeling, authentically.

“We want to normalize the conversation on mental health and stress,” Fertal said. “It is OK not to be OK.”

Veterans ERG

Hyland’s VERG helps employees who served in the military have an open space to discuss their lived experiences, including around mental health.

“Too often, people are afraid to reach out for help,” Fertal said. “We know that this is especially true in the case of veterans who may be suffering from PTSD, or other struggles. There is unfortunately still stigma associated with getting help.”

With NAMIWalks being held on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, it is important to realize that many veterans suffer from PTSD or other mental health issues that can often go untreated.

Kevin Hout, director of Technical Support and volunteer vice president of VERG, says veterans have always felt a call to service, and by putting their time into VERG and supporting NAMI, they feel they can serve the community once again.

“On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, it is important that we still do not forget, but also understand the impact that it has had on our society, veterans and everyone that was impacted by the event all these years later,” Hout said. “You don’t struggle alone whether it is PTSD or other mental health issues. There is hope.”

Join the team: Hylanders for NAMI

The Hyland team hopes to raise $2,500 for NAMIWalks Your Way Greater Cleveland. Whether you are a Hyland employee or not, everyone is welcome to join the team. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Walk with the Hyland team for NAMIWalks Your Way Greater Cleveland
  • Participate virtually through social media and NAMI’s live feeds
  • Contribute to Hyland’s team

Join Hylanders at Cleveland’s Edgewater Park on Sept. 11

The Hyland team will gather in person at Edgewater Park in Cleveland for the event.

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Jaina Gedeon

Jaina Gedeon is a Corporate Communications intern for Hyland. She is pursuing her Public Relations and Media Studies degrees with a minor in Music and a certification in Social Media, at... read more about: Jaina Gedeon

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