Even before the pandemic disrupted our lives, many were concerned that factors like social media and overscheduling were limiting true connection and taking a toll on social wellness. In our current environment, many of these existing issues have been exacerbated and are taking an even bigger toll. In fact, one recent study found that nearly half of employees believe their behavioral health has declined since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to Dennis Hartin, president of Hartin Dynamics, disconnection and loneliness could turn out to have long-term repercussions in the months and years to come. "Loneliness could be the next health crisis," he says.

The matter is further complicated by stigmas and misconceptions that make topics surrounding mental health difficult to talk about and treat. In addition, a large percentage of full-time workers say the economic impact of COVID-19 could be worse than the virus itself, while research from Metlife and others shows that financial health is a top contributor to overall mental health.

Listen to Dennis Hartin and Editor-in-chief Paul Wilson discuss the ongoing issues faced by benefits advisors, employers and their employees as they adapt to the ongoing challenges of a pandemic that has exposed existing problems in our society and health care system.

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