The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that essential workers, including frontline health workers, grocery store employees, and cleaning and sanitation workers, have experienced high rates of mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 40% of essential workers reported symptoms of anxiety and depression, compared to 30% of non-essential workers.
On March 24th, HealthCare Access Maryland (HCAM) brought together leaders from Maryland’s business community in the “Re-thinking Mental Health” Speaker Series for a critical conversation about the mental health challenges facing Maryland’s essential workers, and ways to better support these employees.
The discussion was led by an expert panel, including:
- Dr. David Maine, CEO of Mercy Medical Center;
- Molly Browning, Vice President of Operations, the Canton Cleaning Company;
- Emily Lerman, Co-Founder and Worker-Owner in the Mera Kitchen Collective; and
- Marty Glaze, President of Commercial Construction.
The panelists shared insights into the ways their organizations have responded to growing need for mental health support among their essential workforce. Practices discussed include transparent communication about the impact of Covid-19, checking in with employees and being aware of signs of mental health concerns, and offering benefits and resources to access help when needed. The panel emphasized the importance of addressing mental health concerns early to support recovery.
The Speaker Series session was recorded and can be viewed below.
Get Connected to Resources
HealthCare Access Maryland can help connect you to resources for mental health care and health insurance.
- The Here2Help line – 410-433-5175 – is a 24/7 hotline providing emotional support and assistance accessing mental health care and substance use treatment.
- HealthCare Access Maryland can assist with health insurance enrollment. Contact 410-500-4710 to speak with a navigator.
Thank you to our sponsors for supporting this event.
“Re-thinking Mental Health” Series Sponsors