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Study: minorities facing financial hardships amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted at 8:37 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 09:42:31-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from, COVID-19 has impacted everyone in some way. However, studies show the impact is deeper for many minorities, especially when it comes to mental health.

Counselor Eric Capehart says he's seeing more clients because of the pandemic. He says more minorities are working in jobs on the front lines. They're also at risk because more minorities have medical conditions associated with severe diseases as well as higher rates of poverty and poor access to health care.

A recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll for the American Staffing Association shows more Black and Latino individuals are worried about paying bills and in fear of losing their jobs during the pandemic.

The study shows that there are also large differences in concerns about meeting core financial obligations. Latino and Black individuals are reportedly more likely to be concerned about being able to pay their rent or mortgage, student loans, and child care costs.

With COVID-19 cases increasing in Tennessee, things could get worse before they get better; so Capehart says he hopes people won't be afraid to ask for help.

"The pandemic came in and it just compounded this situation for us and it’s really exasperating all of our things that we already been dealing with; financial hardships mental health conditions, even just overall general health conditions," he said.

Capehart has always been on a mission to normalize mental health in the Black community as a counselor and as a podcast host.

"It’s just two guys we're having a good time and I'm a counselor and my cohost Desmond Perry, he's a regular guy but he brings so much value to the show," he said.

And as a counselor, Capehart says the pandemic has caused more people in the Black community to reach out for help.

"The pandemic to me has just came in and added an additional layer of issues for us in our black community."

For more information about Capehart and his services click here.