Maureen Bisognano is a nurse who has held many roles over her extraordinary career in healthcare, most recently as President of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. She now serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Well-Being Trust, which is a national foundation dedicated to advancing the mental, social, and spiritual health of the United States. She joins us for a remarkable conversation about the origins of the Well-Being Trust, the work done thus far to address “diseases of despair”, some truly amazing program ideas, and the first steps forward.
Please note, at the top of the episode we share a few words upon hearing of the suicide of Dr. Bongani Mayosi.
- What are the diseases of despair?
- The challenge laid out by Providence-St. Joseph Health in helping found the Trust
- Getting a foothold on mental health at a national level
- Initial goals: improving access to care, determining social determinants of health, & focusing on children
- The invention of a socialance instead of an ambulance to address access to mental health care upstream
- Creating #bewell, #beheard, #bethere as a part of a youth campaign on social media
- Sourcing and harvesting programs and ideas on a global level
- A revolutionary Call & Check program to address social isolation in Jersey, England using the postal service
- Strategic goals of the Well-Being Trust
- Parallels with the opioid epidemic
- Taking care of yourself while taking care of other people
The Well-Being Trust: http://wellbeingtrust.org
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org