By Laura Otto
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed new stresses on many Americans, including those living in community associations. Managers and board members are addressing increased demands from homeowners while keeping up with their personal lives, while residents are often balancing work from home, remote learning for their children, and other challenges.
“We are mentally and emotionally taxed,” says Matt D. Ober, partner at Richardson|Ober|DeNichilo in Pasadena, Calif., and a fellow in CAI’s College of Community Associations Lawyers (CCAL). “Mental health issues aren’t new to community associations, but the pandemic has heightened these feelings and behaviors. It has become overwhelming for many managers and board members.”
It’s no surprise that mental health issues are on the rise across the U.S. According to community-based nonprofit Mental Health America, 19% of adults experienced a mental illness even before the pandemic, and 24% of those adults report an unmet need for treatment. More specifically, the U.S. Census Bureau found that 48% of adults ages 25-49 report feeling anxiety and/or depression during COVID-19.
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article courtesy of HOA Resources
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