V Is For Mental Health

If neuroscience is right, the simple act of thinking and talking about volunteering could be the best overall mental health program for your workforce. Even better if the thinking turns to action. And it’s completely free.

Investing in the mental health of your employees, and especially now, is the best investment you’ll ever make. Your brain capital is your most valuable capital. But mental health programs can be expensive and produce limited results.

According to neuroscience, volunteering is one of the best mental health initiatives employees can participate in because it can trigger mental health benefits in more than two dozen different ways. Employees can do it together instead of the isolation of private one-on-one consultation, and it’s completely free.

“V is for Mental Health” is the new workplace mental health training program that focuses on why volunteering, and even just thinking and talking about it, can trigger more health benefits than almost anything else.

In this unique course, Neal O’Farrell will talk about:

  • The 21 ways volunteering can help your mental health, and the neuroscience behind them.
  • How volunteering can change your brain, making you mentally healthier, less stressed, and happier.
  • How to pick the type of volunteering that’s going to work best for you in the long term.
  • How to use the simple discussion of volunteering to develop powerful mental health self-help skills.
  • How volunteering will not only help you and the people you help, but could change the whole world.

And best of all, the topic of volunteering can just be the lever, to use the positive and uplifting messages around volunteering – like giving and kindness, gratitude and perspective, meaning and purpose, social support and community – to openly talk and learn about the power of positive mental health, and to teach employees how all of these work in the brain.




The presentation can range in length from 45 to 60 minutes, with additional time for participant Q&A.

The presentation can be delivered live by Zoom, or as a collection of short videos. Clients choosing the live event will also get a copy of the video version for a small extra fee, and can have the video version customized and branded specifically for your organization and employees.

Customization can include a message of support and encouragement from an executive at your organization.


Neal O’Farrell is the founder of the Get a Grip initiative. He started volunteering at 14 years old, about the same time he realized that there was something not quite right with this brain.

Many decades later, and he’s still focused on both. He recently gave up an award-winning 40-year career in cybersecurity to focus on mental health, his and others. And he spent more than a decade as the unpaid volunteer executive director of the nonprofit Identity Theft Council, where he personally helped thousands of victims get through one of the most devastating financial and emotional crimes.

Learn more about him.

Seven Ways The Training Can Help Employees

  • It’s the most engaging and empowering way to talk about mental health, at a time when it’s needed most, and using equally important brain-changing subjects like giving and kindness, meaning and purpose, priorities and values, and gratitude and perspective.
  • It’s a powerful way to introduce employees to the neurochemistry of mental health and happiness, in a non-clinical, enjoyable, and purpose-focused way.
  • It can help to improve employee mental and brain health by simply encouraging employees to think and talk about volunteering, and triggering mood-improving thoughts.
  • It can generate or rekindle pride in company values.
  • It can give employees a sense of normalcy, remind them what life and work, the workplace, was like before the pandemic.
  • It’s something that can be done in the workplace, as part of a team, or outside the workplace, alone, or with friends and family, or with the local community. The results are usually the same.
  • And it can help to fight the stigma of mental illness by reminding employees that many mental health issues can be traced to simple chemical imbalances in the brain.


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If you'd like to learn more, please contact Neal at

neal (@) justgetagrip.co