Dartmouth-Hitchcock adds 2 segments to ‘Heads Up: Coping Through COVID-19’ mental health webinar series

The next two segments will address families who have been negatively impacted financially by the pandemic, and how to know and tell when families may be in crisis

After six successful webinars offering advice and resources to help people manage stress, anxiety, and other challenges due to the pandemic, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health will host two encore segments with information for at-risk families.

Lebanon, NH – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), which delivers care for a population of over 1.9 million people across Northern New England, is pleased to announced that it will host two additional segments of its “Heads Up: Coping Through COVID-19” webinar series based on positive feedback from the first six segments.

Launched Wednesday, April 22, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health has hosted weekly “Heads Up” segments on Facebook in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The series has addressed mental health concerns, featuring D-HH experts discussing the challenges and concerns brought about by the pandemic and social isolation, and offering information, tips, and techniques for coping and maintaining health and wellness in this difficult time. The webinars have covered topics relevant to parents who may be working from home while homeschooling children, high school and college students who are learning online and isolated from friends, adults experiencing anxiety or who struggle with mental illness, health care workers and first responders, and seniors and those who care for them.

The next two segments will address families who have been negatively impacted financially by the pandemic, and how to “know and tell” when families may be in crisis. Like the first six segments, the additional webinars will stream on Wednesdays on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Facebook page.

The lineup for the next two “Heads Up” segments is as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 3, noon: Focus on families who have been impacted economically – featuring Bryan L’Heureux, Community Health Worker Supervisor, Mirella Maggi, PhD, clinical psychologist, and Dr. Eric Wadsworth, Co-Director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Financial Fitness Advisors, who will address issues affecting families whose livelihoods have been impacted by the pandemic, such as unemployment, economic insecurity, food insecurity, and paying for childcare.
  • Wednesday, June 10, noon: Focus on how to “know and tell” – featuring Becky Parton, MSW LICSW, Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center and Cathy Brittis, Program Manager, ChaD Office of the Child Advocate Center, who will address issues of families with children at higher risk of abuse and neglect due to COVID-19 and how educators, health care providers, and others who care for children can spot and report signs of abuse.

Attendees are invited to submit questions for the experts prior to each webinar at social@hitchcock.org, and questions can also be asked on the D-H Facebook page during each stream. Each webinar will be archived on the D-H Facebook page and available on the D-H YouTube channel for later viewing.

“The first six segments of ‘Heads Up’ have been an invaluable resource in helping people across the region deal with the emotional aspects of this crisis,” said Joanne M. Conroy, M.D., CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. “At the conclusion of the first six planned segments, we knew there was much more to say, and more Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health could do to help. I’m proud of all the good this webinar series has done so far and so pleased that more of our experts will have the opportunity to share valuable information with people who need it most.”

The series is inspired by D-HH’s R.E.A.C.T mental health awareness campaign, a program featuring D-HH Senior Director of External Affairs and former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, who presents a powerful public awareness campaign around the steps people can take when they recognize that they or someone they care about is experiencing mental health challenges, and to date has spoken to over 100,000 students throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.

“Our lives have changed dramatically in a very short period of time, and many are experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, uncertainty and fear,” said Broderick. “We believe it is absolutely critical to offer people of all ages good advice and information to help them cope with the very real strain of this crisis.”

For more information about the “Heads Up: Coping Through COVID-19” mental health webinar series, please visit https://go.d-h.org/headsup.

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