Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

COVID-19 and Mental Health in the Workplace: Solutions for Employers and Employees

October 19, 2020 | 01:00 PM
02:00 PM ET

Webinar Transcript

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic recession have negatively affected the mental health of many Americans. The number of adults reporting that stress of the pandemic impacted their mental health increased from one third in March to over half of adults in July. The mental health consequences of the pandemic are widespread and impact everyone from frontline and essential workers, to those working from home.The pandemic has also highlighted unequal access to behavioral health care. While their rates of behavioral health disorders are similar to the general population, Black and Latino people experience greater barriers in accessing mental health treatment.

This webinar brought together experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges that the pandemic poses for mental health and workplace well-being. Speakers discussed:

  • The trend of declining mental health in America before and during the COVID-19 pandemic and what needs to be done to ward off a mental health crisis in the future

  • What a large employer and health plan is doing to prioritize mental health among its employees and members
  • How a community-focused organization is improving mental health and mental health awareness in the Black community


Kathleen Pike, PhD
Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health
Brad Lerner
Yolo Akili Robinson
BEAM (The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective)

Presentation Slides

"Mental Health and Work: A Perennial Priority Peaks in the Wake of COVID-19" - Kathleen Pike, Ph.D
"COVID-19’s Impact on Behavioral Health Offerings" - Brad Lerner
"BEAM: The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective" - Yolo Akili Robinson