Connecting America

People continue to rely on cards and mail to keep in touch with family and friends and to overcome feelings of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic, a new survey by the Postal Service has found.

One-third of respondents said cards and letters from family and friends lift their spirits, while 62 percent said receiving a card or letter in the mail makes them feel more connected during social distancing.

More than 1,000 adults participated in the online survey, which the USPS Market Research and Insights department conducted from April 15-17 and released last week.

Other highlights:

• About two-thirds of respondents said they feel increasingly isolated and distant from people and that the pandemic has affected their mental well-being.

• Approximately 1 in 6 respondents said they have sent more mail — mostly greeting cards — to family and friends during the past few weeks. Those most likely to send cards and letters are younger adults or those with kids, and people who have higher incomes.

• Forty-two percent of respondents said they rely more on mail as a result of social distancing.

• Being able to shop for cards and stationery in retail locations permitted to be open during the pandemic was a concern for 40 percent of respondents. Cards, stamps, stationery, shipping supplies and other postal products can be ordered through the online Postal Store at www.usps.com/store.

The PostalPro website has the complete survey results.

Got leads?

The Race for a $Billion campaign has generated $602.3 million in estimated annualized revenue for the Postal Service so far.

The initiative, which began last fall, aims to raise $1 billion through employee-provided sales leads before the current fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

The Small Business Sales team is spearheading the campaign and producing a weekly ranking of the 67 USPS districts.

The most recent ranking, released April 30, shows that some of the top districts include Los Angeles, where employees have submitted sales leads that will generate an estimated $30.2 million in annualized revenue; San Diego ($26.6 million); and Detroit ($22.3 million).

The Sales Blue page has more information about the lead-sharing programs, including instructions on participating.

Greeting cards

USPS is offering a promotion on greeting cards at select Post Office locations.

Customers and employees will save $1 when they purchase two Hallmark cards.

A coupon, available wherever Hallmark greeting cards are sold, is required. This promotional offer cannot be combined with other offers.

The promotion began April 25 and will continue through June 21.

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the USPS Wellness team is encouraging all Postal Service employees to take care of their mental health in these uncertain times.

According to MentalHealth.gov, a federal government website, mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being.

Our mental health affects how we think, feel and act, and it helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Life experiences, biological factors and family history all contribute to mental health problems.

Help is available for Postal Service employees who experience stress, depression or just need someone to talk to. Most Federal Employees Health Benefits plans offer mental health coverage; postal employees can call the number on the back of their insurance card for more information.

Additionally, the USPS Employee Assistance Program is available free of charge. For more information, go to EAP4YOU.com or call 800-327-4968 (TTY: 877-492-7341).