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Octavio Gascón Enriquez

Wellness, Mental Health Manager | Mexico City

  • Name: Octavio Gascón Enriquez
  • Job Title: Wellness, Mental Health Manager
  • Business: Mercer Marsh Benefits
  • Office Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Joined Marsh: September 2019
  • Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Education: National Autonomous University of Mexico - degrees in medicine and psychology. Newman Institute - Psychotrauma & Psychosis diploma. Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy Center -  Master’s in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program for Evidence-Based Psychotherapy.
  • Interests: Music, art, technology, philosophy, epistemology

Meet Octavio

I work in Wellness, an area of Mercer Marsh Benefits Mexico dedicated to developing strategies focused on preventing and controlling health conditions associated with work for our clients. I run an office that deals with occupational mental health risks.

 Which of our Marsh shared characters — passionate, human, inquisitive, or enterprising — resonates most with you?

Passionate. I’ve worked in mental health, including at a mental institute, for several years. I help create solutions for problems societies usually didn't take into account previously, such as addressing depression and anxiety in the workplace.

My focus on mental well-being is a family affair. My mother is a mental health professional and researcher in neurobiology at a hospital. She is always interested in my work and how things line up in our different worlds.

Marsh has a learning culture. Tell us about something new you learned recently. How did you learn it?

I'm just starting my Ph.D. and am learning about meta-analysis, which compares different studies to identify opportunities in evidence-based health programs. I’m looking specifically at therapy models.

How does a hybrid work environment support you in doing your work?

It supports me in having a healthy lifestyle. It takes me an hour to commute to the office due to traffic jams, etc. When I work from home, I have time to go to the gym in the morning. I'm also a vegetarian, so access to my kitchen is immediate, and I don't have to go through the hassle of looking for vegetarian restaurants near the office.

October 10 is World Mental Health Day. Why is this topic important to you? How have you helped raise awareness about the importance of mental well-being?

I think the impact of social, mental, and physical aspects of stress has been underestimated. General education in this phenomenon is part of the key to addressing the complex public health problems we are facing.

In addition to my day-to-day responsibilities, I regularly speak at forums related to mental health. For example, I recently presented at a session about making neurodiversities visible at the Dive In Festival, an annual inclusion and diversity event. Marsh McLennan is one of the festival sponsors.

At Marsh, we protect and promote possibility. How does Marsh make your personal passion a possibility?

Mental health has never been so critical for organizations; Mercer Marsh Benefits Mexico has been a pioneer in implementing these programs. When I started at the company, my role was fairly straightforward – to help our clients comply with a Mexican government-issued standard related to identifying and preventing psychosocial risk factors.

However, one of our new directors championed moving into the mental health arena because he recognized how important of a topic it is for organizations. This movement was already taking place a couple of years before the Covid pandemic. And then, the pandemic started, and mental well-being became front and center for everyone.

Meet our colleagues

Recognizing World Mental Health Day

In recognition of World Mental Health Day, meet some of our colleagues committed to keeping the importance of mental well-being front and center. Marsh values diverse perspectives, talents, and backgrounds.