Results of the Breakthroughs: Leadership Palm Beach County Summit



On June 15thBreakthroughs: The Leadership Palm Beach County Summit brought together 300 leaders from private, public and nonprofit sectors to understand three important issues: jobs for ex-offenders, internships for students, and mental health in the workplace.  The minute the summit ended, the clock started ticking on a 100-day “rapid results” process for dedicated core teams to work toward specific goals:

  • 100 commitments to provide jobs to ex-offenders
  • 100 commitments to provide internships in the trades for high school students
  • 100 human resources professionals committed to taking the Mental Health First Aid course

Palm Healthcare Foundation and Quantum Foundation joined together to sponsor the Breakthroughs Summit in support of mental health in the workplace.  More than a quarter of employees report some level of depression or anxiety.  It’s the reason many workers fail to perform well at their jobs, costing companies over $80 billion a year in productivity losses. The Mental Health First Aid course helps employees identify when a person is in crisis by teaching them how to understand mental illness. The course trains employees on how to aid in timely intervention, which can ultimately save lives.



The Breakthroughs Mental Health in the Workplace Core Team—a team of leaders from community organizations that formed at the summit—is confident it will meet its goal thanks to its partnership with the HR Association of Palm Beach County and other committed organizations, including Palm Healthcare Foundation.  The foundation is supporting three trainings in north, central and south Palm Beach County during October in recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 7-13) and World Mental Health Day on October 10th

For more information about Mental Health First Aid training, please contact Cindy Wides, Director of Mental Health First Aid at Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service,