Flashpoint: Impact of pandemic on mental health, African-Americans face disparities, and bringing hope to Philly

April 12, 2020 - 6:00 am
Hider Shabaan, Melissa Hopely Rice, and Felicia Roche.

Courtesy of Hider Shabaan, Melissa Hopely Rice, and Felicia Roche


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Newsradio Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the impact of the coronavirus crisis on mental health. Religious celebrations have been severely curtailed, families are locked in and millions are isolated from loved ones as unemployment, fear and mass anxiety increases day by day. Daily routines are upended, so how do you cope?  

With so much time on your hands, does it create the perfect environment for intrusive thoughts? How do you keep control? 

Hider Shabaan, psychotherapist and doctoral student in clinical psychology at La Salle University, joins Felicia Roche, a suicide awareness advocate and author of a new book titled “Unraveled” and Melissa Hopely Rice, a motivational mental health speaker with Michael's Giving Hand and author of “The People You Meet in Real Life." 

Dr. Calvin Johnson
Courtesy of Dr. Calvin Johnson

The newsmaker of the week is the racial disparity with COVID-19 deaths. African-Americans accounted for 70% to 80% of coronavirus deaths in Chicago, Milwaukee and New Orleans. 

In Philadelphia, where race data is incomplete, African-Americans make up at least 40% of COVID-19 deaths. Why is that the case? 

Dr. Calvin Johnson, former Secretary of Health in Pennsylvania and principal of Altre Strategic Solutions Group, LLC, a healthcare consulting firm, discusses the racial disparity. 

Jacelyn Florescio
Courtesy of Jacelyn Florescio

The Patriot Homecare Changemaker of the week is the #ColoringPhillyWithHope. The effort was started and is run by event stylist and owner of Florescio Events and That Balloon Girl, Jacelyn Florescio. She delivers rainbow-colored balloon arrays to families to bring hope.

Flashpoint airs every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on 1060AM. It also airs at 5 a.m. Sundays on B101FM and WPHT 1210AM and at 6 a.m. on WOGL 98.1 and TDY 96.5. 

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