The results of the American Psychological Association’s 2020 survey on stress led the organization to sound a devastating alarm: “We are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come.” Mental health professionals have a front row seat to this crisis. They have the privilege and the challenge of having profound conversations within which themes of helplessness, loss, isolation, uncertainty, and polarization are pervasive. Less expected and often generative are the “what matters now?” conversations that our unprecedented and chronic circumstances have pushed into the fore. The changes that we have been pressed to make have had unanticipated consequences; people are reevaluating their priorities.
Nancy Burgoyne, Ph.D. and Maru Torres-Gregory, J.D., Ph.D., LMFT from The Family Institute at Northwestern University (TFI), both clinicians and educators with decades of experience, will share their experience and expertise. Their perspectives are deeply informed by their work on the “emotional frontlines” of the pandemic. They will reflect on the substantial mental health challenges we face, the themes woven in this crisis, and the opportunities to access meaning and increase resilience.
This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and our YouTube channel.
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