Loneliness is a significant and growing problem with substantial physical health and mental health impacts. Research has found that loneliness and social isolation may be as bad for your health as obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes a day and significantly impacts mental health. (1) The restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic increased the problem and increased public awareness of the issue.
- By Dimitry Francois, M.D.
The post-COVID impact on health in the Black community in the United States has been severe and widespread.
Social wellness, a measure of connectedness with family, friends and community, is key in influencing happiness and positive mental health.(1,2) Research has shown social connection to be a protective factor against a host of mental health disorders, from depression to anxiety.(2) The quality and quantity of our social relationships can also impact our physical health.(3)
- By Rahn Bailey, M.D., DFAPA
As we begin Black History Month, we are both encouraged to celebrate and challenged to understand the essential role that Black Americans play in U.S. History. While this time is devoted to recognizing the experiences and successes of Black Americans, it is also a chance for government to take accountability for the role that it has played in the historical disenfranchisement of Black Americans. These commemorative practices play a role in the collective healing of marginalized communities. Further, such should emphasize that real progress toward racial healing has been slow, and equity is not shared by all Americans.
A new survey of young professional workers finds that just over half (51%) reported needing help for emotional or mental health problems in the past year. While many recognize employer efforts to address mental health in the workplace, the majority feel more could be done. More than a third (38%) of young professionals say their workplace negatively impacts employee mental health and wellbeing.