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Normalizing mental wellness in the workplace - for all communities - creating whole-being health and workplace success.  We make people & companies champions in the mental wellness space

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Why We Do It

As a minority and LGBT-owned business, we believe championing mental wellness in today's workforce means elevating diverse perspectives, tailoring content to meet their unique needs and life experiences, and standing beside employees and leaders as they chart their own path to being their best selves.  In order to do that, our founder, Rico Ricketson, began by interviewing health and wellness experts from a myriad of fields to discuss issues around both mental and physical health & wellness.  Since founding, we have learned a lot and have chosen to make a difference in the workplace.  Our goal is to make mental wellness a workplace essential.  

We also believe that underrepresented entrepreneurs are the leaders our world needs to develop the tools and solutions to drive the urgency to change for the better.  To match our belief, we are dedicating our time and passion to providing comprehensive mental wellness solutions helping drive greater employee engagement, performance, collaboration, and leadership by bringing these underrepresented entrepreneurs straight to you. Our offerings are brought to you through our vast network of experts across the mental wellness fold to customize what your workforce needs. 


Now, you may be wondering why we’re called MH3.  In March of 2020, Covid19 began hitting an ill prepared world.  As quarantines and self isolation became the norm, we realized that the fundamental way of life for everyone would change drastically, and we didn’t know for how long.  We also knew what that would mean for many vulnerable groups in the U.S., groups that were already dealing with stigmas associated with mental health & mental wellness, that could become exacerbated during Covid19 - and now beyond it. 


So, we got to work and brainstormed what we could do to help people cope with this new norm.  The result?  We founded Mental Health Half Hour, a place where anyone could come to learn more on a variety of mental health and wellness topics hearing from experts, professionals, and survivors themselves.  Mental Health Half Hour is also a mouthful, so we shortened it to MH3.  Welcome to MH3!

Thank you for your help. Nice people still do exist in this world. I now believe my products have a fighting chance!

-Debbie Edmunds 

Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S, CART

MH3 Incubator Pilot Participant.

July 2020


At MH3, we are committed to the 4 E’s across all of our mental health & well-being education content and solutions

End Stigma

through the real-life and professional experiences of diverse mental health & well-being advocates

and experts

Educate on the Science

associated with a mental stressor and/or mental health challenges with credible mental health & well-being education of the mind, body, a

and spirit

Empower Individuals

to utilize their inherent wisdom, capabilities, and intelligence in solving problems, achieving goals, and transforming their future

Evolve Organizations

to shift leadership from

transactional to transformational

Our Team

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Rico Ricketson, M.A.

Founder and CEO, MH3

As a survivor of Domestic Violence, a racially motivated hate crime and the grandson of a Lt. Col. of the United States Air Force, our founder, Rico Ricketson has always had a sense of urgency to help in a time of need.

When Rico learned of Covid-19's spread throughout Italy in March of this year, he took a step back from the advertising industry. Using his passion and desire to help and save lives, Rico took his 20 years of healthcare advertising experience and combined it with his expertise in human-centered design and his Master's in Biology/Neuroscience to create MH3 so he could do something to help.  

Our world had changed overnight, yet we were looking to celebrities and media to provide us with direction. But, for our founder, it was capturing the stories of healthcare providers on the frontline and survivors of past life-changing experiences that would help and save others from mental health related outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have created a proprietary methodology of capturing stories that demonstrates that we have the ability to drive a positive impact on mental wellness that helps and saves lives.


Zach Ricketson, M.S.

Chief Content Officer

Zach brings 13+ years of branding, digital, and marketing experience to MH3.  His experience in building new teams and departments from the ground up in multiple industries from B2B and CPG & from Chicago to San Francisco.  Zach's passion is building plans and processes to effectively communicate brand messaging to grow business and empower people to make informed decisions.  Most recently, Zach comes to MH3 from the cannabis industry having launched numerous brands nationally in the U.S.  

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Advertising as well as his Master of Science in Media Management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

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Kelly Costello

Chief of Innovation

Kelly brings a human-centered approach to innovation. Whether developing new offerings for a startup or Fortune 100 company, she works closely with clients to build empathy and look at the world through their customers' eyes. She coaches executives, non-profits and city government in building solutions and innovation capabilities. At MH3, she focuses on our accelerator business and partnering with clients to build custom programs that address their needs.

Kelly is adjunct faculty at Northwestern University, the Institute of Design at IIT, and CEDIM, a design school in Mexico.

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Scott Praefke

Chief Marketing Officer

Scott is a passionate, creative, dynamic, and experienced marketing specialist and communications leader with 12+ years of building and establishing brands across North America. Part of that drive comes from the vision of getting brands to reach their fullest potential, but more importantly, it stems from the innate sense of wanting to help people feel and do better in their own lives.


MH3 is an innovative approach to doing just that - getting people the help and information they need to realize their fullest potential. 


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