Mental Health TeleTalk Series

Mental Health TeleTalk Series

Mental Health in the COVID-19 Era

Addressing mental health and well-being has become an increasing priority for organizations and individuals around the world in recent years. At the helm of this effort are employers that have not only created innovative mental health and wellness programs for their workplaces, but also elevated the importance of mental health investments within communities

The coronavirus pandemic has and will change the landscape and perception of mental health and well-being, balancing new challenges and emotions with new ways to stay connected and seek support in this physically disconnected environment. Amidst the social isolation and uncertainties in health and economic impacts, one thing is certain: how we – as individuals, caretakers, employers, and a global community – take care of ourselves and others matters.

Mental Health TeleTalks: A Pop-up Event Series and Virtual Community Building

The U.S. Chamber Foundation is launching a new “pop-up” virtual event series focused on all facets of mental health, well-being, and community building—through what we are calling Mental Health TeleTalks.

These virtual events are “pop-up” in nature to adapt to the TeleTalk community’s changing needs, interest areas, and complex work schedules. The TeleTalks will feature expert facilitated or group-based discussions to help individuals, employees and businesses get the tools they need to find mental health and stability in an otherwise uncertain time.

Past Events

Parenting During the Pandemic: Supporting Teens, Tweens and Ourselves Through Challenging Times
Date: May 28, 2020

For many parents, trying to do their own jobs while helping their teens and tweens cope and keep up with their school work has become one of the most challenging aspects of the pandemic. Active Minds, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization providing mental health education and promotion for young adults, provided expert strategies influenced by feedback from teens themselves. Active Minds’ Chief Program Officer Laura Horne, MPH, CHES, moderated a Q&A-style panel that delivered expert advice and tips for balancing parenting and work during the pandemic.

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How Brands Are Responding to COVID-19: Flattening Our Mental Health Curve
Date: May 14, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. To address what’s now seen as the next pandemic, brands have stepped up to create innovative partnerships designed to support employees, frontline workers, and other vulnerable populations in these trying times. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Kate Spade New York, Harry’s, a men's care brand, and the Crisis Text Line discussed how companies are addressing mental health needs in the time of COVID-19. 

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Digital Mental Health and Virtual Community Building
Date: April 23, 2020

There is growing recognition that the mental health impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be significant for us all. Hosted in collaboration with Tata Consulting Services through the Digital Empowers campaign, this program explored the evolution of and innovations in digital mental health, supporting employee wellbeing, and virtual community building.

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Resourceful, Resilient, and Remote: Mental Health First Aid in the New Work Environment
Date: April 16, 2020

Hosted in collaboration with the National Council for Behavioral Health, this session was designed to reinforce the principles of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and foster peer engagement. The session included information on best practices in the workplace and guidance on how to support each other and ourselves during this time.

Presentation slides can be found here, as well as an overview of MHFA resources to be utilized during the COVID-19 pandemic here.

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Cultivating Wellness in the Workplace: Approaches to Mental Health Training and Education
Date: April 9, 2020

The U.S. Chamber Foundation hosted a webinar to discuss the release of its report, Cultivating Wellness: Mental Health Training in the Workplace. On the webinar, participants heard from business leaders on how companies and employees are addressing mental health in the workplace before and during COVID-19.

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