The Pandemic and Your Mental Health
“There is nothing normal about what we’re going through. I'm truly thankful the company I work for is very supportive, so I can continue to mother my children, be a wife, maintain a household and do my job in the middle of all of this.”
Arielle, Boston biotech company
Nearly a third of parents say their mental health – and that of their children – has worsened since the start of the pandemic. There is particular concern about the potential long-term impact on children who thrive on structure and routine, but now are experiencing profound disruption to their daily lives. Mental health experts say the long-term effects depend on how we choose to support our communities, our schools and our parents. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging the promotion of tailored prevention messaging regarding practices to improve psychological and emotional well-being.
Blake Works is creating The Pandemic and Your Mental Health, a series of three professionally produced 20-minute video episodes addressing issues affecting families with children: preschoolers, preteens and teens. Each of the three video episodes includes interviews with parents and children from diverse backgrounds. Leading mental health experts, in conversation with Blake Works founder Jeanne Blake, frame issues facing families and offer strategies for building resilience and supporting children during and after the pandemic. Each episode is accompanied by downloadable Tips and Strategies, created with guidance from mental health experts, which caring adults can use to start and continue vital conversations with the children in their lives. Our content advisor is Dr. Paula Rauch, a child psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. We are working on the production with Dalaklis Media, a LA-based documentary production company.
Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders says this about Blake Works’ project: “I really worry for kids. Your video series is an opportunity to talk about resilience.” Practical strategies are proven to build resilience. Blake Works is collaborating with mental health leaders and production experts to meet this critical need.
“These videos are must-viewing for all employees. They offer parents strategies to respond to kids’ needs and, as a result, help reduce family stress so parents can be more present and focused at work. Employees without children will gain a much clearer understanding of the challenges facing parents, creating more supportive colleagues and managers. And they likely do have children in their lives – nieces, nephews, neighbors – and can have a positive impact in those interactions.”
Cheryl R. Blanchard, Ph.D.
Licensing fees: Contact us for information
Each company licensing the series will receive a unique code employees can use to access the three 20-minute videos segments and Tips and Strategies from Blake Works’ website.