MESPERO

Impact for Resilience

CONSULTING

Heather Wokusch and a global team of experts support corporations, government groups, educational institutions and other entities in navigating today’s challenges.

Our tailored solutions cover multiple areas: 

  • using VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) to create leaner and more
    agile operational models
  • supporting the development of digital enterprise strategy, organization, and culture
  • leveraging design thinking to enhance employee experience and maximize digital HR
  • handling M&A issues including cultural due diligence and employee integration
  • optimizing change processes and related leadership, management and cultural strategies
  • developing pandemic-related employee hiring, management and retention strategies
  • exploiting upcoming trends in Future of Work and Future of Education

Burnout

Rates of burnout have dramatically risen during the pandemic. Billions across the world have been struggling with work-life balance, while depression and anxiety have become normalized.

95% of HR leaders say that employee burnout is sabotaging workforce retention. Widespread cost-cutting measures, related layoffs, hiring freezes and reduced budgets for staff support services complicate matters.

We have developed a highly-effective approach striking at the root of burnout. This tailored solution prevents and mitigates burnout on individual and organizational levels.

MESPERO:DMHC

The pandemic has negatively impacted mental health support capacity for corporations, educational institutions, and societies in general. The implications for ‘building back better’ are profound.
In development, MESPERO:DMHC (Digital Mental Health Communities) is anchored in the proven approaches of community building and training laypersons for screening and managing mental health issues. Modern digital technology and targeted data collection expand the vision.
We propose no less than creating an evidence-based, mental health public sector infrastructure in which community is the healer. Learn more at MESPERO:DMHC.

CAPACITY BUILDING

Hundreds of millions of people across the world have little or no access to the mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) they urgently require. Those living in poverty, conflict and violence are at heightened risk; the pandemic has made matters worse.

Yet there is no cost-effective, integrated and tailored solution for promoting resilience while preventing and treating MHPSS issues on a mass scale. We fill that void by empowering local populations to adapt their lessons learned from lived experience into scalable, multimedia self-care solutions.

In the spirit of Sustainable Development Goal 17, we develop field-based, multi-stakeholder partnerships to mobilize knowledge and resources.

Our mission is to close treatment gaps, increase mental-health literacy, reduce stigmatization and mitigate trauma in humanitarian settings via:

Innovative workshops

With diversity and inclusion, on a digital and in-person basis

Human-centered design

Creative, multilingual design process empowering those with lived experience

Multimedia learning

Designing mobile, digital and other interactions with impacted groups

Reaching last-mile

Transformative methods of delivering life-saving information and support

MHPSS Projects

MESPERO serves as a centralized source for a variety of other MHPSS (mental health and psychosocial support) projects which we initiate, develop and implement.
With a global Youth Team of multidisciplinary mental health advocates, we are developing an array of youth-empowerment and mentoring programs promoting an inclusive approach to self-care while mitigating negative impacts of war, forced migration, the pandemic and other major challenges.
One example of our youth-led projects is Humanitarian Community Life, which focuses on building capacity for mental health and psychosocial support volunteers and staff in Syria and Yemen.

ABOUT

Heather Wokusch, M.A. founded MESPERO and serves as its Executive Director. Her international career in human resources, education, cross-culture, and media has spanned five continents and multiple fields. A firm believer in Impact Tech and the democratization of knowledge, she is an expert in virtual learning. Heather designs training programs for corporations, educational institutions, governments and other entities while consulting on intercultural communication and organizational development (including digital transformation, leadership development, employee engagement, change management, strategy, and globalization).

The Executive Director of the International Forum for Understanding, Les Simm, is a highly-valued partner. Les works in the business sector in areas ranging from security risk management and business resilience to humanitarian operations and disaster relief. He has expertise in disarmament, non-proliferation, arms control and verification, security sector reform and countering transnational organised crime. Having trained as a psychiatric nurse in his early career, Les has long-term interest in mental health and wellbeing. Les is a passionate supporter of the SDGs with a particular focus on project implementation and making a demonstrable and direct impact on people’s lives.

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