World Mental Health Day 2022: Supporting Elasticians and their families to Be.Well

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World Mental Health Day is on October 10, and Elastic remains committed to supporting Elasticians and their mental well-being through a range of support programs.

As a mom, wife, daughter, colleague and leader here at Elastic, I understand how we all play myriad roles outside of the one listed on our resume or LinkedIn profile. As I’ve struggled and have seen my friends, family, and colleagues struggle to show up for themselves and for each other, I’ve thought a great deal about how crucial it is to make yourself a priority. We can’t even begin to do our best work until we can bring our best self to all of the roles that make us who we are. 

This week is a reminder for all of us to acknowledge the importance of prioritizing our mental health and continuing the conversation in the workplace. I want to ensure that Elastic has the programs and resources in place to support our employees in a way that meets them where they are, especially when life can be so unpredictable.

Elastic’s Be.Well initiative was created to help our Elastician’s employees and their families find the support they need wherever and whenever they need it.

Life Coaching and Therapy

Elasticians have access to Ginger, a mental health app offering on-demand, confidential emotional support through coaching via text-based chats, self-guided activities, and video therapy and psychiatry.

Additionally, we provide access to Lyra, a mental healthcare resource for the entire family. Elasticians and family members are eligible for up to 16 Lyra sessions, all at no cost, for in-person or virtual care.

Healthcare Advocacy Services

Managing mental and physical health can be incredibly overwhelming. Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers in-country resources for Elasticians who need little extra support - be it caring for an aging parent, handling unexpected stress at work or home, staying healthy, eating well, managing life changes, or improving relationships. Our in-region healthcare advocacy services help provide employees with the resources they need to manage their health.

Daily Guided Meditation

Every day around the globe we have two different meditation sessions that last 10-15 minutes. They are a great way for employees to take a moment to exhale and re-center during the day.

Compassionate Leave

We know life is unpredictable and we believe that having paid time off to help Elasticians manage whatever is happening in their personal lives will allow for an easier, faster recovery. We offer Elasticians different options of leave, beyond PTO and sick leave, to address and recover from unfortunate life events such as the death of a family member, divorce, miscarriage, or caring for a critically ill parent or child.

Shut It Down Days

When the COVID-19 pandemic first began, we knew our employees around the world were feeling stressed and overwhelmed amidst the uncertainty of how their lives and those of their families would be impacted. So, beginning in April 2020, we started Shut It Down Days. Two Fridays per month, Elastic shuts down to give our employees a chance to rest and recharge. Employees use these days in a multitude of ways from extending a long weekend to travel, unplugging and working on a personal passion project, spending time with their families, and more.

Final Thoughts

No one can pour from an empty glass. That’s why we’re proud to provide a comprehensive and always evolving Be.Well program at Elastic. On World Mental Health Day, and everyday, we’re committed to supporting our employees and continuing the conversation on mental health and well being to ensure everyone can “Come As YOU, Are” even on the hard days.

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