Mental Health Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this episode of The Comp Effect podcast, host Todd Thams interviews Ruban Roberts, MBA, MSW, CEO of RER Consulting, LLC. Ruban founded a COVID-19 mental health program for the 2.8 million residents of Miami Dade County, with a focus on helping marginalized communities. His experience is helpful in recognizing the effects of the pandemic on various populations and how businesses should approach these groups as they prepare their workforce reintegration plan.

Episode Highlights:

  • Ruban shares his background. (2:35)
  • Ruban shares where his idea came from to create a program for Miami Dade County when the pandemic hit. (4:29)
  • Ruban outlines the objectives of their program. (9:47)
  • Ruban shares how their educational modules have been helpful during the pandemic. (13:13)
  • Ruban mentions the website called COVID-19 Mental Health & Wellness Program. (14:29)
  • Ruban shares how their program has made an impact. (18:45)
  • Ruban shares how the pandemic affected the white, Hispanic, and black populations differently. (33:15)
  • Ruban mentions he’s currently reading the book entitled, How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. (49:35)
  • Ruban mentions that he’s spending more money on his house. (50:13)
  • Ruban gives a piece of advice to the listeners. (51:05)

Key Quotes:

  • “The element of mental health was not front and center, during the time. I think it’s becoming more and more apparent that that’s something we need to be considering. And, I see more of an initiative to address mental health right now.” – Ruban Roberts, MBA, MSW
  • “We wanted to make sure that everyone had access. The key for us was about having access, and we wanted to make sure that everyone had access to those services.” – Ruban Roberts, MBA, MSW
  • “I feel that the key to me is to work on engaging people, normalizing the sense of mental health… issues like stressors and depression are not uncommon among folks during difficult times, like a pandemic. And, then really making sure that we get people services that they need.” – Ruban Roberts, MBA, MSW

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