Weekly Wrap-up: Wellbeing Resources

May 11, 2020

We have all felt the mental health impacts from this crisis and so many of you have done an amazing job making this a focus in the programming you are bringing to employees during this time.  

A study published this week paints an even bleaker picture than I imagined.  More than 1 in 4 American adults met the criteria that psychologists use to diagnose serious mental distress and illness, a 700% increase from pre-pandemic data.  Young adults and those with children experienced the most pronounced increases.  In adults living at home with kids under the age of 18, the rate of severe distress rose from 3% in 2018 to 37% last month.  Full data is shared in the employer resources section below.

As you continue to work through the unique challenges that are facing your employees during this time, please let us know how we can support you.  Have a safe and healthy week.

Career Wellbeing


Social & Family Wellbeing


  • Belonging, Connection, and Inclusivity Despite Physical Distancing – How do we make up for the loss of in-person behavioral cues on virtual video calls?  How might we bridge divides and build connections despite being distant and remote?  Emiliana Simon-Thomas PhD, Science Director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley will delve into these questions and more.  WEBINAR on Wednesday, May 13th at 12:30 PM.  RSVP HERE

  • Rise Up New York! Event: Join Jennifer Lopez, Sting, Jimmy Fallon, and more on Monday May 11th at 7 PM to support Robin Hood and iHeartMedia’s event to raise funds for food, shelter, health and mental health, education and more for New Yorkers impacted by COVID-19. 



Financial Wellbeing

  • Financial Literacy: 30 Steps to Financial Wellness – This is a chance to reflect on the state of our personal finances and an opportunity to improve those finances, one step at a time.  Identify your money weaknesses and turn them into strengths. 


Physical Wellbeing

  • What’s Your Corona-IQ – Can you distinguish Coronafacts from Coronafads?  Take these quizzes by Quizzify to find out. 

  • Food, Immune Health, and Weight Management during Quarantine – Clinical Nutritionist, Molly Knauer, will join you from her kitchen for a supportive conversation on how to nourish our bodies, support our immune systems, handle stress and manage our weight during this crazy chapter in our lives.  WEBINAR Wednesday, May 13th ET at 2 PM.  RSVP HERE*’Pay What You Want Wellness’, donation optional

  • Super Immune Secrets Masterclass – Listen to this free replay of the Masterclass ‘Super Immune Secrets’ presented by 4x New York Times best-selling author and health expert JJ Virgin.  Here is a worksheet JJ shared to go with the class.


Emotional Wellbeing

  • Couples Support Session – WEBINAR hosted by Modern Health on Thursday, May 14th at 4 PM ET.  This webinar will discuss how couples can navigate their relationship during this unique time where some couples are sharing the same space for longer periods of time and others are going long stretches without seeing one another. RSVP HERE.

  • Embodied Yoga and Meditation with Namaste NY – Join Julie Wald for an authentic and supportive movement and meditation experience based in yoga but informed by a range of practices designed to help us connect with our bodies and minds and move emotional and physical energy through our system. Monday, May 11th from 5-6 PM ET. RSVP HERE*’Pay What You Want Wellness’, donation optional

  • 15-Minute Meditation Promoting Healing and Rest – Equinox Fitness hosted a 15-minute meditation for The Alera Group team this week.  Access the meditation here

  • If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911.  You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.

Community Wellbeing

  • Help Alera Group Support our Communities – Donate now and Alera Group will match your donation, dollar for dollar.  We are providing donations to three charities across the U.S. that are providing much-needed resources in the communities where we live and work; Donors Choose, Feeding America, and the Gary Sinise Foundation. 





About the Author

Andrea Davis, Director of Wellbeing

Andrea joined Alera Group Northeast (formerly CBP) in July 2013, bringing over 15 years of experience in management consulting and strategic solutions. As the Director of Wellbeing, she is responsible for assisting with the development, implementation and evaluation of comprehensive wellness strategies for existing and prospective Alera Group clients. She provides assistance and support to Alera Group clients by developing personalized programs that fit clients’ unique health management needs, wellness program implementation, committee development, promotion and marketing of their programs to encourage participation. In addition, Andrea conducts program analysis and generates reports related to program participation, health assessment and client utilization. 

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