In the US, the pandemic and accompanying recession have put millions out of work. Faced with a convoluted benefits application system, the hardship of unemployment, and growing self-reliance, laid-off workers are turning to online communities for crowdsourced support.
From redundancies to unstable incomes, many people are dealing with financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic. Helping people cope with financial change and get by in turbulent times are financial therapists – a nascent field of counselling aimed squarely at addressing money worries.
Money is an emotional and often uncomfortable topic, meaning that many Americans won’t freely talk about it with others – and will be dishonest if they need to. Canvas8 spoke to eight people to understand what financial matters they find difficult to discuss and why they sometimes blur the truth.
Amid economic and political turbulence, the idea that anyone can see success in the US is being increasingly questioned. Canvas8 polled 1,000 Americans and spoke to thirteen people to find out whether they think the American Dream still exists and whether it’s achievable.
Wellness app Headspace has released its first TV ad to announce free year-long memberships for Americans who are out of work because of the pandemic. With people reeling from the psychological and financial impact of COVID-19, it’s giving brands an opportunity to become invaluable assets.