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World Mental Health Day: Let's Make Mental Health & Well-being For All A Global Priority
October 10, 2022
Did you know that:
- Close to 1 billion people have a mental health disorder
- 1 in 8 people around the globe live with mental health conditions
- The COVID-19 pandemic caused a 25% increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide.
- A leading cause of illness & disability is depression
- 1 person dies every 40 seconds from suicide
- 3 million people die every year due to the harmful & excessive use of alcohol
- In some countries, people with mental health conditions are more likely to suffer severe human
rights violations, discrimination, and stigma
2022's World Mental Health Day comes at a very challenging time as we all emerge from the COVID-19
pandemic. No nations and most health systems were unprepared for the mental health crisis associated with
the pandemic. In addition to the pandemic, the world is also struggling to cope with the effects of the war in Ukraine, significant displacement, climate emergency, a cost-of-living crisis, and skyrocketing levels of grief and loss, all of which have consequences for the well-being of world citizens. The global rates of individuals having suicidal thoughts are increasing. Also, people experiencing mental health conditions and their families are dealing with governments failing to prioritize mental health or living where services for mental, neurological, and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted. Funding and investment in mental health programs on all levels are more critical than ever. For these reasons and more, the goal of the World Mental Health Day 2022 campaign is to make mental health & well-being for all a global priority! Undoubtedly, the need for mental health and psychosocial care and support will significantly increase in the months and years to come. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on people's mental health. Some groups have been particularly affected, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, the elderly,
and those with pre-existing mental health conditions. Let us honor all health and care professionals' daily
work, which often includes providing mental health care for others. We can all play our part in increasing awareness about what preventive mental health interventions work.
For more information about how you can help, please visit: https://www.who.int/
Coronavirus Bereavement Study – Announcement for Participants
The Coronavirus Bereavement Study aims to better understand factors that may be related to bereavement experiences by learning from those who have experienced a loss during the pandemic. Participants will be
asked to complete an online questionnaire that surveys their loss and bereavement experiences, including
how the pandemic interfered with their grieving process, as well as their general background information
(gender, age, health status, and so forth), mood, personality, coping, social engagement, stressors, and
functioning. There are also open-ended responses to questions about their experiences and opportunities for a follow-up phone interview if chosen. Participation in the study is totally voluntary and open to individuals
who are English-speaking, age 55+, and who have experienced the death of a significant other during the
pandemic and have access to a computer or smart phone. The study poses no significant risks, participation
will be anonymous, and all data will be kept secure and confidential. Eventually, this research could
improve our understanding of the factors that contribute to individuals’ bereavement experiences.
Each person will have the opportunity to win a $100 gift card for their participation.
This research study is being conducted by Sarah Brown-Adams, M.A., Rachel Czosniak, M.A.,
Alejandra Zamora, M.A, and Richard Zweig, PhD. of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of
Yeshiva University, with approval from the University’s Institutional Review Board.
To participate in the study scan the QR code to the left or visit: www.tinyurl.com/coronabereavement
COVID Memorial Day Virtual Candlelight Vigil
March 7, 2022, at 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET
Reimagine's Spring Season, "Grief, Growth & Justice", kicks off with the free COVID Memorial Day
Virtual Candlelight Vigil on March 7, 2022, at 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET, to share stories, take action
to establish a federally recognized COVID Memorial Day. This event is hosted in partnership with
Marked By Covid, Covid Grief Network & Rose River Memorial.
To learn more and to register visit:
Lament Service: Who Is Missing?
November 20, 2021 at 6:00 PM MST
Vineyard Boise in the Sanctuary - 4950 N. Bradley, Garden City, ID 83714
The holiday season is a really difficult time for many families who have faced loss.
That is especially felt this year in light of the COVID spread and
deaths in our community. Join the Vineyard Boise for an evening to come together,
weep together, and acknowledge the loss and to lean into hope.
For more information visit: https://www.vineyardboise.org/events
Coping with Pandemic Grief: A Guide to Feeling, Dealing & Healing in 2021
Licensed Therapist, Tiffany Roe, MA, CMHC of Mindful Counseling, has created created the Mini Course,
"Coping with Pandemic Grief: A Guide to Feeling, Dealing & Healing in 2021," and has generously made it available
to all for FREE! It includes a short video lecture where she breaks down the three new types of mental health issues we are dealing with, what symptoms look like, and how you can Feel Deal Heal™ through this. Tiffany Roe, teaches you skills to cope through the anxiety, grief & burnout that we are collectively experiencing. You'll also get access to a FREE downloadable mini workbook which covers her suggestions of 5 Ways to Cope With Pandemic Grief, including activities & printable permission slips to help you as you move though your emotions. Pandemic Grief is no joke. It's real and widespread, even if you haven't lost someone. The world as we knew it before is lost and our social support systems aren't what they once were. We are all going to need tools to navigate 2021 and life beyond that. Please share with anyone you know who might benefit from the course.
For FREE access to the Mini Course, visit: https://tiffanyroeschool.com/p/pandemic-grief-course
How to Handle COVID-Related
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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