Neal O’Farrell is an award-winning cybersecurity expert who has spent nearly forty years fighting cybercrime and identity theft around the world. About the same length of time he’s been fighting his own trifecta of mental illnesses.
As 2020 approached, Neal decided to pursue a different passion, a switch from cyber health to mental health (including his own), and specifically on how the workplace could be the epicenter for improving employee mental wellness.
In addition to Mynde, Neal also leads The PsyberResilience Project, to study the chronic levels of stress and burnout in the cybersecurity workforce, the personal impact on these digital first responders, and the broader impact on global cybersecurity.
He’s also leading the creation of a mental health action cluster as part of the Global City Teams Challenge (a NIST/DHS/NSF program) to develop blueprints for how our future smart cities can support and improve the mental health of their residents.
Partners in the cluster include Mental Health America, the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and NYC Thrive.