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A Data Approach to Understanding Mental Health and Financial Precarity 

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The intersection of mental health and financial precarity is a topic that has recently gained significant attention. As society grapples with the challenges of a rapidly changing economic landscape, the impact on individual mental well-being is undeniable. Studies show that approximately 46% of individuals with debt also have a mental health diagnosis, highlighting the intricate relationship between financial strain and psychological distress. 

How does financial instability directly influence mental health, and what are some forward-thinking approaches to alleviate this growing concern? 

In the latest episode of SECURE, presented by FinFit, host Charles Lattimer dives deep into this topic with esteemed guests Aaron C. Quinn, Ph.D., CEO and Co-Founder at AlbumHealth, Inc., and Tim O’Neil, Senior Workforce Solutions Specialist at TrueNorth Companies, L.C. Their conversation revolves around a data-driven approach to understanding the correlation between mental health and financial precarity, exploring innovative solutions and interventions to address this pressing issue. 

Key discussion points from the episode include: 

  • The bidirectional relationship between financial stress and mental health and how one exacerbates the other 
  • The importance of measuring both mental health and financial well-being simultaneously to drive effective interventions 
  • The role of self-management in addressing mental health challenges and ways to apply it to financial wellness

Dr. Aaron C. Quinn, a former professional baseball player turned psychologist, is the visionary behind AlbumHealth. Dr. Quinn has a background in counseling, health, and sports psychology with a particular focus on evidence-based strategies to improve emotional health, health behaviors and total health and performance outcomes. 

With his extensive experience in workforce solutions, Tim O’Neil emphasizes the importance of integrating health and well-being strategies. He highlights the evolution of the conversation around mental health in the workplace over the past decade and draws parallels with the current state of financial well-being discussions.