The current novel COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is still in its early stages but has already resulted in nearly 5 million infections and more than 300,000 deaths worldwide. The global economy has lost trillions dollars in the course of only three months, with ripple effects causing individuals and businesses serious financial harm. The impact on society, businesses, and especially the healthcare and human sector has been overwhelming. The psychological effects of a constant news cycle, as well as information on the Internet, can easily become overwhelming and anxiety-producing.
Disruption of services due to bans on travel or group activities, decreased staffing levels, increased demands for services, and potential problems with the supply chain for medications, have strained every part of the healthcare, behavioral healthcare, and emergency management system. The impact on those already struggling with mental illnesses and substance abuse problems can represent a critical challenge to their safety and survival. This webinar will address the behavioral consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as strategies and techniques for coping.
• Three type of behavioral responses to public health emergencies
• Understanding the “Bookends Effect”
• The Bio-Psycho-Social response to COVID-19
• Strategies and techniques coping
• Coping with the challenges of quarantine
• Giving and seeking emotional support
• Developing effective stress management routines
• Resources for addressing the emotional impact of the pandemic