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.
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.
Additional resources on mental health
- CDC’s webpage on stress and coping
- Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
If you or a family member need assistance with a mental health, substance abuse, or domestic violence problem, please call:
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-4357
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-7233