According to a recent study from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there has been a marked increase in the percentage of adults reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many within our community can relate to the challenges brought on by the grief, fear, stress, isolation, financial pressures, social uprisings, and racist attacks that have come to define the past year.
In recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, the YMCA of Central New York announces a weekly speaker series featuring experts from the medical community and regional non-profits. The Y is grateful to host this dynamic group of professionals who will speak on a variety of topics to destigmatize and educate around mental health issues and resources within our community.
The events take place every Wednesday in May 2021 from 5-6pm EDT on Zoom. The virtual series is FREE and open to YMCA members and the general public, but does require prior registration.
May 5, 2021, 5-6pm EDT
Dr. Robert Dracker: "Current Unique Mental Health Issues in Children"
New Date: June 2, 2021, 5-6pm EDT
Chris Kosakowski, MSW, Vera House, Inc.’s Campus Project Advocate/Educator: "The Intersections of Violence: How Does This Affect Our Mental Health?"
May 19, 2021, 5-6pm EDT
Dr. Kaushal Nanavati, MD: "Mental Health, Wellness, and Integrative Medicine"
May 26, 2021, 5-6pm EDT
Talia Shenandoah and Ashley Davis, Q Center at ACR Health: "Stress Management & Healthy Coping Skills"