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Many leading employers invested in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B) initiatives in 2020, and continuing this momentum into 2021 is paramount.

For those of us working in workplace mental health, 2020 was a year like none other, full of challenges we’d never seen before. Between quarantine disruption, incalculable national grief, the fight for racial justice, and political instability, human resource leaders’ plates were full as they worked to transform and redefine the way they supported employees. Despite the challenges, I’ve found that the lessons learned in the past year have helped many companies become more aware of the importance of delivering culturally responsive benefits that promote both well-being and equity.

Danielle Cottonham Dr. Danielle Cottonham is a licensed psychologist in California and serves as the clinical manager for Lyra Health’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging initiatives. Dr. Cottonham’s work is rooted in her experience as a Black woman who was born and raised in southern Louisiana. She has a passion for destigmatizing mental health in minority communities and providing safe spaces that promote connection, authenticity, and healing.

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