Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins sent two emails to employees that directly address mental health issues. You can read their full text below. 


Back in June, I shared a message about making mental health a priority.  This wasn’t just a reaction to external tragedies—it’s our commitment to making Cisco an open, supportive environment for everyone.

This week, we are recognizing World Mental Health Awareness Week. Although we’ve made some strides, there is much more to do for mental health to be viewed and supported the same as physical health. We are looking at our benefits, evaluating mental health services, and working on removing the taboo that keeps people from sharing their struggles openly. Check CEC for how to get involved.

Despite being 70,000-plus strong at Cisco, you or someone on your team may feel alone. We live in a world where one in four people experience a mental health challenge– that means some 17,000 of our employees could be in need of support.

I continue to encourage everyone to talk openly, inclusively, and extend compassion to others. No one needs to go it alone.

Cisco has, and will continue to foster a safe community for all of you to come together, speak up, and seek support. Please do not hesitate to reach out, we are here for you. #SafeToTalk #WeAreCisco

Thank you,



In light of recent tragedies, I wanted to step away from Cisco Live for a moment to talk about the importance of mental health. Unfortunately, we all know friends, family, and coworkers battling mental health conditions, or maybe you’re going through your own struggles.

At Cisco, we’ve always tackled challenges by working together and having open, supportive dialogue. Often times, a part of this challenge is the social stigma—a fear of judgment that keeps people from sharing their struggles. Each of us has a role to play in ensuring that those suffering feel less afraid to ask for support in the moments they need it most. No one needs to go it alone. 

I encourage everyone to talk openly and extend compassion. It may be as simple as recognizing when others are going through a difficult time and allowing them to take any needed time for themselves. It may be listening and encouraging someone to seek help or seeking help for yourself. 

I want you all to know we’re here to support you with the help you need. We are tapping into our current network of resources and evaluating additional solutions to increase access to the right professionals. Please visit my message on CEC for a list of resources available.

It’s times like this when it is critical that we come together, support each other, and have each other’s backs.

Thank you,


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  • Chuck Robbins is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cisco. He assumed the role of CEO on July 26, 2015 and was elected Chairman of the Board on December 11, 2017. As Chairman and CEO, Chuck is focused on helping companies, cities and countries around the world as they look to Cisco to connect everything and everyone by building the highly secure, intelligent platform for digital business. Over his 20 years at Cisco, he has served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations, where he led the Worldwide Sales and Partner Organizations, and helped drive and execute many of the company's investment areas and strategy shifts; Senior Vice President of The Americas, Cisco's largest geographic region; Senior Vice President of U.S. Enterprise, Commercial and Canada; Senior Vice President of U.S. Commercial Sales; and Segment Vice President, U.S. and Canada channel organization, where he was instrumental in helping build the industry's most powerful partner program. Prior to joining Cisco, Chuck held management positions at Bay Networks and Ascend Communications. Chuck is on the Board of Directors for BlackRock; Chairman of the US-Japan Business Council; a Member of the International Business Council for the World Economic Forum; on the Board of Directors for the Business Roundtable where he serves as Chairman of the Immigration Committee; a Board of Trustees member for the Ford Foundation; and a member of the International Council for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Chuck holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a computer science concentration from the University of North Carolina.