For Mental Health Awareness week, BLACK ENTERPRISE is interviewing numerous individuals within the wellness community to talk about the racial disparities that affect the Black community in the hopes of creating a safe place to talk about mental health.
According to the World Economic Forum, 1 in 4 Americans has reported issues with depression and anxiety as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rate of cases of adults dealing with mental health-related issues since COVID-19 climbed to 27.8% by mid-April 2020. Finances have been attributed to one of the leading causes of driving their depression as a result of job loss from the viral outbreak.
Dr. Anthony Harris is the chief innovation officer and associate medical director for WorkCare, a physician-directed occupational health company aimed at helping businesses practice healthy procedures and attitudes in the workplace, including mental health. In an interview with BLACK ENTERPRISE, Dr. Harris discusses how businesses and managers have had to learn to work with their employees who may be struggling internally due to the public health crisis.
BE: How can business owners be there for employees who are dealing with mental health issues?