S5E7 – Black Mental Health Check-In

In this episode, Jenn and Daren mark World Mental Health Day (October 10) with a much needed mental health check-in. As the season changes, temperatures drop, and the state of the world is constantly changing, it is important that we check-in with ourselves and with each other to make sure that we are each OK.

They emphasize how the trauma of going through the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted marginalized communities especially in relationship with work. As employment has risen steeply we must keep in mind that 46% of U.S. workers who receive paid time off from their employer take less time than they are offered and Black workers are almost twice as likely than White workers to say that they take less time off for fear of losing their job. We need to change our way of thinking around taking time off. It is a necessity. Do it for your mental health.

Reference Material:
Black, Hispanic Americans are Overrepresented in Essential Jobs – https://publichealth.uic.edu/news-stories/black-hispanic-americans-are-overrepresented-in-essential-jobs/
Black and Hispanic workers are much less likely to be able to telework – https://www.epi.org/blog/black-and-hispanic-workers-are-much-less-likely-to-be-able-to-work-from-home/
Paycheck or caring for family? Without paid leave, people of color often must make the ‘impossible choice’ – https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2021/03/19/paid-leave-shortfall-during-covid-means-job-pay-losses/4730902001/
An unemployment rate milestone for Black Americans – https://www.axios.com/2023/05/05/unemployment-rate-milestone-black-americans
Pandemic Shifts in Black Employment and Wages – https://www.whitehouse.gov/cea/written-materials/2022/08/24/pandemic-shifts-in-black-employment-and-wages/
More than 4 in 10 U.S. workers don’t take all their paid time off – https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2023/08/10/more-than-4-in-10-u-s-workers-dont-take-all-their-paid-time-off/
About EDMR Therapy – https://www.emdria.org/about-emdr-therapy/

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