WASHINGTON – Compass Coffee today announces its role as a founding partner in the first-ever Mental Health Action Day, to be held on Thursday, May 20 in partnership with more than 1,000 leading brands, nonprofits, government agencies, and cultural leaders.
“We are thrilled to be a founding partner of the first national Mental Health Action Day,” said Max Deem, VP of Operations. “I think it’s important to acknowledge how challenging this past year has been for everyone and to recognize the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our mental health. We believe Mental Health Action Day’s initiative to drive our culture from mental health awareness to action is exactly what our community needs in order to take care of each other and build long-term resilience.”
Mental Health Action Day is an open-source movement of brands, organizations and leaders like Compass to drive culture from mental health awareness to mental health action. The first Mental Health Action Day encourages and empowers people to take mental health action—whether for themselves, for their loved ones, or for their community. (Learn more at www.MentalHealthActionDay.org.)
“At Compass, our mission is always to make people’s days better,” Deem said. “Providing the tools, and encouraging each other to take actionable steps to improve our mental health will only help us in the pursuit of our mission, for our teams and customers alike.”
To that end, Compass is opening the doors of its Georgetown café (located at 1351 Wisconsin Avenue) for a free and public day of action on mental health. We will be partnering with Electric Collective to host a day of mindfulness, meditation, and coffee.
“To no surprise, this year has been incredibly hard on all of us,” said Heather Marshall, Café Manager for the 1351 location that will be hosting the day of activation. “But being in the unique position of barista during this time has been immensely powerful. We have been able to commiserate with our regulars on hard days and celebrate all their wins together. As we’ve reopened, we’ve seen our café become a community gathering space where friends and family are able to meet in person and help lighten each other’s burdens over a cup of coffee, something I’m proud to be a part of.”
As Marshall indicated, being a founding partner of Mental Health Action Day is a particular point of pride for our teams. As part of delivering on one of Compass’s core values, Build Your City, bridging the gap between talking about mental health and taking action to build better mental health practices is something we are deeply passionate about.
“With the unprecedented challenges of the past year, it has been important to find the victories in the little things,” said Jessica Hubbard, District Manager. “I have seen my teams celebrate those victories one by one with our customers, and this week is no exception. Being able to host an event, especially for something as important as Mental Health Action Day, is not only impactful for our teams, but for our community. I am proud and excited to be a part of something so important, and I look forward to being able to do more events in the future.”