Mental health days. Meeting-free times. Companies are adding new benefits to help workers cope

A few months into working remotely, Jamie Coakley noticed a worrisome trend at her company: 70% of employees had not taken more than two days off since the beginning of the year.

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“We were going to run into a brick wall pretty soon,” said Coakley, vice president of people at IT solutions company Electric.


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The company changed to a flexible vacation policy, but that still wasn’t enough. Employees were working longer hours, having a hard time disconnecting from work and felt perpetually behind.

So Electric announced over the summer that the entire company would close on the first Friday of every month for a mental health and wellness day.

Giving everybody the day off means the work doesn’t pile up while you’re off and it eliminates the fear of missing out on something.

With everything going on this year, mental health has become a major

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Mental health support helps USC students cope with stress and anxiety

College should be a time when students grow, make new friends and explore their passions. But Americans of college age increasingly report that they feel anxious or lonely — and that was before the upheaval of COVID-19.

USC students can’t hug a friend they see on campus. No longer can they collapse on a couch to share a pizza together or drop by a classmate’s apartment for a Minecraft marathon. University administrators know it hurts, and they understand.

“Many students have shared with us the kinds of reactions they are having: a sense of grief, loss and even frustration,” said Sarah Van Orman, chief health officer for USC Student Health. Safeguarding the physical health of students is important, especially during the pandemic, she said. But USC leaders also are committed to protecting students’ mental and emotional health and helping them build resilience.

That’s why USC students now have 85 psychiatrists,

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Healthcare providers around Bangladesh receive mental health support to cope with COVID-19 – Bangladesh

“Recently, I have felt that a distance has developed between me and my son. He is not behaving with me like before. I think this is because during the last four months, I have had to repeatedly be isolated after serving in a ward with COVID-19 patients.”

These words spoken by a Bangladeshi midwife are something that healthcare professionals around the world can currently relate to. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed an unprecedented burden on the personal and professional lives of those working in the health sector. High risk of infection, extreme pressure to perform at work, shortages of necessary equipment and lack of ability to spend time with family and friends are all posing a serious threat to the mental health of those saving lives amidst this crisis.

To address this problem, the Government of Bangladesh has taken the initiative to provide mental health support to health service providers

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