Made of Millions and Verizon Media Launch Made Academy, a New Educational Platform Designed to Help Companies Build Empathetic Workplaces and Destigmatize Mental Health

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Made Academy Will Feature Mental Health Curriculum, Including In-Depth Video and Actionable Insight Curated and Produced By Collection of Experts and Advocates

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With the support of our partners Verizon Media and Bayne Studios, Made Academy was created to deliver mental health education at scale.

Today on World Mental Health Day, global advocacy nonprofit Made of Millions announced its newest project, Made Academy, an educational platform that aims to be a resource for companies looking to build happier and healthier teams. Made Academy provides radically accessible educational content designed to close critical knowledge gaps surrounding the mental health spectrum. Made Academy is possible thanks to the cooperation of Verizon Media, a leader in digital innovation, content and commerce.

According to a new report from JAMA Network, mental health challenges among workers in the United States have tripled during the Covid-19 pandemic. The report noted that about one in four adults cited symptoms of depression. And according to a new study from Oracle, 70% of workers say 2020 has been the most stressful year yet.

Built with the help of a diverse group of mental health experts and advocates, the Made Academy platform brings crucial educational information to companies and their staff before situations arise, benefiting not only individuals and employers but the friends and family members of those in need as well. Its in-depth video-based curriculum empowers companies to build empathetic workplaces, laddering up to the foundation’s mission of destigmatizing mental health on a global scale and making workplaces more informed and psychologically safe for all.

Starting in January 2021, Made Academy will offer:

  • Mental health education through an intersectional lens. Understand how race, gender, and socio-economic status influence how we see and experience mental health.
  • Wide-ranging perspectives and experiences, from experts and advocates. Get actionable insights from a diverse collection of mental health providers, HR professionals, people with real-life experiences, and more.
  • Information on warning signs and preventative approaches. Learn how to proactively care for your mental health and recognize warning signs before they lead to a situation.
  • Guidance on language and destigmatization. Explore how everyday language contributes to the stigma around mental health, and how to create a more positive impact.
  • Business benefits of mental health education. See how mental health impacts culture, wellness, and productivity, with actionable insights to start driving change.

"With the support of our partners Verizon Media and Bayne Studios, Made Academy was created to deliver mental health education at scale. Our video curriculum gives managers and employees a holistic view of the mental health spectrum, with actionable insights they can use to build healthier teams and spread awareness in their communities," said Aaron Harvey, Co-Founder at Made of Millions. “Education not only gives employees the information they need to navigate their own needs, but it helps them support family, friends, and loved ones who may be struggling as well.”

"Verizon Media is committed to the well-being of the global community and the power of information," said Guru Gowrappan, CEO of Verizon Media. "It's an invaluable step in creating a safer and more informed culture that prioritizes the physical and mental health of our workforce. We are thrilled to bring such a valuable resource, like Made Academy, in partnership with Made of Millions to our communities."

Made Academy has its ties to #DearManager — a Made of Millions movement launched in 2019 that urged employees to get real about mental health at work. As part of #DearManager, the foundation released Beautiful Brains, a six-step manual helping companies implement more progressive mental health policies and initiatives. As part of the Made Academy launch, the foundation has released a new edition of Beautiful Brains that incorporates current topics, such as work-from-home stressors and information on intersectionality.

At launch, Made Academy will be licensed to companies. Learn more in the newly released teaser video, downloadable Made Academy one sheet, or by visiting

About Made of Millions:
Made of Millions Foundation is a global mental health advocacy nonprofit on a mission to change how the world perceives mental health. Its platforms, events, campaigns, and resources reach millions of sufferers worldwide each year. For more information, please visit

About Verizon Media
Verizon Media, a division of Verizon Communications, Inc., houses a trusted media ecosystem of premium brands like Yahoo, TechCrunch and HuffPost to help people stay informed and entertained, communicate and transact, while creating new ways for advertisers and media partners to connect. From XR experiences to advertising and content technology, Verizon Media is an incubator of innovation and is revolutionizing the next generation of content creation in a 5G world.

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