Covering the hidden mental health effects of a pandemic

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

Mental health during a pandemicThings we all know: The current pandemic can bring on stress, anxiety and fear. Common sense actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel depressed, isolated and lonely.

But then there are the more hidden mental health concerns. In some populations, stigmas against seeking care can become more entrenched when people become more remote. As some providers and clients face economic hardship, connecting with professionals can become near impossible.

As the pandemic wears on, there’s a threat that the toll on mental health can become greater. Hear from speakers, from AHCJ’s Summit on Infectious Disease in November, who can help you find stories that can define these problems and solutions.

This recorded panel features:

  • Elizabeth A. Stuart, Ph.D., associate dean for education, Department of Mental Health, Department of Biostatistics, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; professor, Department of Mental Health, Department of Biostatistics, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Sarah Vinson, M.D., associate professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • R. Dale Walker, M.D., professor of psychiatry and public health and preventive medicine, Oregon Health and Science University; director, One Sky National Resource Center for American Indian/Alaska Native Substance Abuse Services
  • Moderator: Katti Gray, AHCJ topic leader/behavioral and mental health

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