Booz Allen Hamilton Takes On Mental Health Through Emotional Fitness

Booz Allen Hamilton Executive Vice President Joe Sifer talks openly about his personal story of becoming emotionally fit. In this inspiring video he highlights the importance of prioritizing emotional health to improve who you are, how you behave, and how you lead. The video points to the critical role that a supportive work environment can play on the path to emotional fitness.

Emotional Fitness: Improving Your Mental Wellness

At any given time, one in five of us is highly likely to have a diagnosable mental/emotional health condition. These conditions are among the leading causes of disability and personal strife in the United States, and their effects are compounded by the impact on family, friends, work colleagues, and society at large.

At Booz Allen Hamilton, we adopted the term emotional fitness when talking about mental health. Our health and wellness platform ‘PowerUP’ creates an environment where we can all talk more comfortably and openly about not only our physical fitness but our emotional fitness as well—emotional and physical fitness are two sides of the same wellness coin.

In this inspiring video, Executive Vice President Joe Sifer, talks openly about his personal story of becoming emotionally fit. Joe’s experience highlights the importance of prioritizing emotional health to improve who you are, how you behave, and how you lead, and it points to the critical role that a supportive work environment can play on the path to emotional fitness.

To promote an ongoing dialogue about this important topic, the guidance to firm leaders is to share the video with our 22,500 employees — at team meetings or forums focused on professional development and growth. During these discussions the intent is to talk about the video’s message and how we can continue to build an environment where emotional fitness is discussed as openly as physical fitness.

As a firm, Booz Allen is keeping emotional health top of mind. We are committed to making it one of our highest health priorities as evidenced by our pledge to the national campaign, ‘Change Direction’, which focuses on changing the discussion about mental health across our country.

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