March 24, 2021 | 1:00 pm GMT | virtual event

Mental Health and the Economy

Covid-19 isn’t just a deadly threat to human life; it’s also a mental health crisis with economic consequences. Fear of illness, strict lockdowns, isolation from friends and family, rising unemployment and collapsing businesses weigh on the hearts and minds of people all across the globe.

But poor mental health isn’t just a symptom of economic malaise: It can also be a cause. Join Bloomberg’s Mental Health and the Economy virtual briefing as we identify what the psychological effects of the pandemic could mean for our longer-term prosperity, and why Covid-19 should make us rethink how we consider mental illness and wellness.


March 24 - Wednesday

1:00 pm

Welcoming Remarks

  • Carol Massar

    Co-Anchor Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Television and Radio

1:02 pm

Sponsor Opening Remarks

  • Jason Sadler

    President, Cigna International Markets, Cigna Corporation

1:10 pm

Building Resilience Amid The Pandemic

Covid-19 is exacerbating the mental health crisis, with stress, social isolation, and rising unemployment. Many corporations have started promoting mental health initiatives to build a resilient culture. We speak to Accenture’s North America CEO Jimmy Etheredge on how Accenture is harnessing the power of technology to keep people connected and safeguard the mental well-being of its family of 514,000 employees.

In conversation with

  • Carol Massar

    Co-Anchor Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Television and Radio

1:30 pm

Looking after our Colleagues

Covid-19 is forcing the world’s largest work-from-home experiment and presenting dire challenges for employees. Lack of social interaction, blurring lines between work and personal life, and childcare burdens for working parents are putting a strain on people’s mental health. How can companies safeguard employees’ mental health? We bring together leaders across industries to discuss the importance of promoting mental well-being in the workplace to build resilience and break down stigma.

In conversation with

1:55 pm

The Mental Toll of Covid-19

As large parts of the world enters a second year of lockdown, a group of leading psychologists in the UK is studying how the British public is coping. In an 18-month study of pandemic’s mental health impacts, researchers are tracking UK residents’ wellbeing over time. We speak to the principal investigator of the study on the psychological, social and economic impact of Covid-19.

In conversation with

  • Yazhou Sun

    Senior Programming Director, Bloomberg Live

2:10 pm

Closing Remarks

  • Carol Massar

    Co-Anchor Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Television and Radio

2:15 pm

Event Concludes


Richard Bentall

Professor of Clinical Psychology The University of Sheffield

Jimmy Etheredge

CEO of North America Accenture

Leena Nair

Chief Human Resources Officer Unilever

Jason Sadler

President, Cigna International Markets Cigna Corporation

Dr. Ashwini Zenooz

Chief Medical Officer Salesforce

Emma Court

Health Care Reporter Bloomberg

Carol Massar

Co-Anchor Bloomberg Businessweek Bloomberg Television and Radio

Yazhou Sun

Senior Programming Director Bloomberg Live


Cigna’s mission is to improve the health, well-being and peace of mind of those it serves. Cigna’s International Markets business spans over 30 countries and jurisdictions, serving more than 14 million customers globally. Since 2014, Cigna has tracked global perceptions on health and well-being through its annual 360 Well-Being Survey, and has leveraged this platform to conduct regular Covid-19 Impact Studies throughout the pandemic.

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