The Pandemic and Your Mental Health
“Watching these stories, I felt less alone in my experience as a mom in the pandemic. And I have a new understanding of what my children are feeling. There’s something in each story I relate to.”
Laura, Healthcare researcher
Mother of three
Nearly a third of parents say their mental health - and that of their children - has worsened since the start of the pandemic.
As a leadership advisor and coach, I hear clients describe the extraordinary stress of juggling work and family responsibilities. McLean Hospital – Harvard’s largest mental health facility – where I’m an honorary trustee, is seeing the predicted increase in demand for mental health treatment, including for children.
Mental health experts say the long-term effects on children will depend on how parents, communities and schools choose to support them.
That’s why Blake Works created The Pandemic and Your Mental Health. Our web-based program includes three 20-minute professionally produced video episodes in which children and parents describe the challenges they’re facing. Mental health experts from Massachusetts General Hospital, including our advisor Dr. Paula K. Rauch, frame the issues and offer strategies for building resilience and supporting children now and after the pandemic ends.
Accompanying each episode are Tips and Strategies that reinforce key messages. We also provide the actual words you can use to start and continue vital conversations with the children in your life.
When communities work together, children can come through these uncertain times safe and resilient, and better prepared to face future challenges in life.
“These videos are must-viewing for all employees. They offer strategies for responding to kids’ needs. When family stress is reduced, parents can be more present and focused at work. These videos offer employees without children a clearer understanding of the challenges facing parents, creating more supportive colleagues and managers. We can all have a positive impact on the children in our lives.”
Cheryl R. Blanchard, Ph.D.
“Where did you find these amazing kids who discuss their feelings so well!? I see my own kids in the episodes. The best part is the concrete advice from doctors. Great job organizing the discussion of problem vs. concrete advice in the interviews.”
Mother of four
“It’s great to understand that other families experience the same issues we are. My oldest child gets anxious if we forget our masks or leave the house. Now I understand that simple conversations and reassurance helps allay this anxiety. The section on the impact to parents was also helpful. We need to cut each other, and ourselves, a break. We want to maintain pre-Covid output. Acknowledging that this can cause stress – and working to relieve this – is a good path forward."
Father of two
Licensing fees: 500 or fewer employees: $3,500/12 months; More than 500 employees: Contact us for information
Each company licensing the series receives a unique code employees can use to access the program from Blake Works’ website.
Jeanne Blake is also available to facilitate employee conversations about issues raised in the program and employees’ challenges and successes in supporting children's resilience.