COVID-19 Mental Health Forum Series

The HSPH COVID-19 Mental Health Forums introduce evidence-based skills to managing stress related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and techniques for adapting and enhancing resilience. Each week, Dr. Karestan Koenen and colleagues host experts in the field of clinical psychology and trauma epidemiology research to address important emotional, psychological, and physical health issues related to daily life during a pandemic. These forums are always open to the public and include a discussion and Q&A with attendees. Learn more about the COVID-19 Mental Health Forum Series.

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July 15 at 11:00am EDT, Creative Coping for Older Adults during COVID-19: How to Stay Safe and Sane

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a great impact on everyone, especially “at-risk” groups, such as older adults. Sheltering in place orders and public health mandates have greatly limited the degree to which older adults can interact with their family or friends and reduced their involvement in activities within the community. These restrictions can lead to feelings of stress, sadness, and loneliness. The aim of this forum is to discuss the effects of the pandemic on older adults and to offer tips on how older adults can stay mentally and physically healthy during this unique time. This forum will also include a Q & A with attendees.

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Previous Forums

July 1, What to expect when you’re not expecting a pandemic

June 17, Global perspectives on intimate partner violence and safety in the home during the COVID-19 pandemic

June 3, Staying active to support mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19

May 13, Helping those who serve: How family members and friends can support healthcare workers during COVID-19

May 6, Self-compassion in the time of COVID-19

April 29, COVID-19 Brings Persistent Racial and Ethnic Disparities to Focus: Implications for Population Mental Health

April 22, Addressing mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak in Africa as healthcare systems brace for a battering

April 15, Coronavirus, social distancing and acute insomnia: how to avoid chronic sleep problems before they get started

April 8, How the discomfort of grief can help us: recognizing and adapting to loss during the COVID-19 outbreak

April 1, Managing stress: grounding strategies for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic

March 25, Resilience in uncertain times: flexible and mindful strategies to cope with Coronavirus-related stress

March 18, Mindful parenting in uncertain times: managing family communications about the coronavirus and supporting children

March 11, Mental health consequences of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)