On Thursday, April 23, Christopher Molaro, Co-Founder and CEO of NeuroFlow, led the second session of the Young Professionals Council’s COVID-19: Virtual Development for Young Professionals series to talk about the importance of maintaining your mental health, especially during uncertain times.

Molaro, an Army combat veteran, co-founded NeuroFlow with Adam Pardes, who is also the COO. NeuroFlow’s core mission is to partner with health care leaders to assist in driving better outcomes and making a positive impact. Their founding DNA and the company’s military history drives their approach and passion to continue to serve the community and their health partners.

During this interactive session, Molaro opened his talk with some little-known facts on the prevalence of individuals who experience mental health problems. He polled attendees to ask the question, “How many people will experience mental health issues over the course of their lives?” Very few guessed correctly that one in four people will struggle with a mental illness at some point in their lives.

The good news, according to Molaro? There are treatments that can help.

The bad news is that 67% of people with mental illness do not seek or get the help that they need.

Individuals encounter a number of barriers to care, like stigma, provider shortages, and cost, but Molaro offered the following to take care of your mental health, especially during stressful times.

1. Seek out new approaches to manage your mental health at home.

At-home methods and treatments, including mindfulness-based interventions and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), include:

  1. Psycho-education
  2. Relaxation training
  3. Mindfulness meditation
  4. Cognitive restructuring
  5. Coping skills training
  6. Behavioral activation

Learn more about approaches like these via NeuroFlow’s free COVID-19 Risk and Anxiety Assessment Tool, recently featured in the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s Inspiring Stories, which help individuals determine their risk level and access evidence-based mental health resources and information.

2. Don’t fall victim to the Stockdale Paradox.

Molaro noted that balancing realism and optimism in a dire situation is key to success, mental wellness, sustainability, and resiliency.

Being an eternal optimist is unrealistic, but at the same time, constantly falling into pessimism can be mentally draining. Finding a balance is crucial.

At NeuroFlow, Molaro tries to keep his team connected, communicative, and balanced by:

  • Getting on video calls whenever possible
  • Scheduling more company-wide meetings and level setting
  • Enacting measurable goals (OKRs)
  • Matching colleagues to be each others’ “battle buddies”
  • Providing free mental health resources
  • Offering optional opportunities to get together virtually

Molaro also provided some insight into what he does personally for his mental well-being, including:

  • Staying in a routine as much as possible
  • Connecting with friends and family more often
  • Deliberately disconnecting from work
  • Getting dressed everyday
  • Being hyper self-aware
  • Picking up old hobbies or starting new ones

Molaro closed his presentation with a reminder for all who are experiencing difficulties right now to remind them that they’re not alone: “You’re stressed, and maybe scared, too. Sad at times. So am I, and it’s okay.”

To learn more managing your mental health and well-being, reach out to Molaro by emailing him at [email protected] or connect with him on LinkedIn.

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COVID-19: Virtual Development for Young Professionals
with Ha Nguyen, Owner, Yummy Body Nutrition

Join us for this session on nutrition and physical well-being and get tips on how to stock your pantry, manage eating and snacking habits at home, and more.

Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Free and exclusive to YPC members

COVID-19: Virtual Development for Young Professionals
with the Philadelphia Foundation

Learn how you can continue supporting your community through virtual volunteering by reaching out to local nonprofits and donating your skills.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Free and exclusive to YPC members