Solutions for Local Leaders to Improve Mental Health and Well-Being During and Post-COVID-19

Solutions for Local Leaders to Improve Mental Health and Well-Being During and Post-COVID-19

A report from the de Beaumont Foundation and Well Being Trust offers recommendations for policy makers and civic institutions — including universities, hospitals, and other anchor organizations; chambers of commerce; philanthropies; and multi-sector collaboratives — for addressing mental health needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report, Solutions for Local Leaders to Improve Mental Health and Well-Being During and Post-COVID-19 (34 pages, PDF), highlights the potential for the public health crisis and its economic fallout to trigger or worsen anxiety, depression, addiction issues, suicide, and other mental health challenges and notes that a third of Americans already are showing signs of clinical anxiety and depression. The guide also highlights populations especially at risk — including healthy professionals and first-responders, young people, formerly incarcerated people, individuals with substance use issues, older adults, victims of abuse or domestic violence, people of color, and undocumented immigrants — and suggests community-specific tactics for addressing these needs. Recommendations include explicitly talking about and de-stigmatizing mental health issues; increasing the capacity and role of the local workforce to recognize mental health issues and refer community members to appropriate services; and publicizing and supporting existing networks of organizations providing mental health and substance abuse services.