Colleagues,
There are four webinars we received this week included in the COVID-19 compilation. Share widely with whom you deem it appropriate. Consider registering soon for the webinars if you are interested in them before capacity is reached.
 

 

  • Combating Social Isolation for Seniors during the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar 5/7
  • Social Isolation and Loneliness During COVID-19: Evidence, Policy and Advocacy Webinar 5/20
  • Pandemic Virtual Exercise: Testing Your Plans 5/8
  • COVID_19 “Pandemic: Crisis Spiritual Care for Congregations Webinar 5/7

 

“Combating Social Isolation for Seniors during the COVID-19 Pandemic Webinar”
Thursday, May 7, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. 
Registration Link
Join SAMHSA, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging (NCMHA) for a thoughtful discussion, including practical ideas to promote connection and recovery for older adults with serious mental illness and substance use disorders, during this unprecedented time in our history.
Suicide, depression, anxiety, and problems with alcohol and medications are issues that older adults face. The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that by 2030, there will be nearly 75 million Americans over age 65. A 2012 study from the Institute of Medicine found that nearly one in five older Americans has one or more mental health/substance use conditions. According to 2018 data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and reported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, adults in the 75-84 and 85 and older age groups are among those with the highest rates of suicide. 
Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day 2020 will include important remarks from Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use – Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Aging – Mr. Lance Robertson, and the latest information on coping with social isolation and loneliness from University of California San Diego Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Dr. Dilip Jeste.

 

“Social Isolation and Loneliness During COVID-19: Evidence, Policy and Advocacy Webinar”

 

May 20th at 12:00 PM EDT Please register here: https://ncoa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kLqlPla3RM-Ov6rLKj7-ng
The National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging (NCMHA) and the Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness (CESIL) are co-sponsoring a special webinar. NCMHA is pleased to be collaborating on this project with CESIL. CESIL’s mission is to engage diverse stakeholders, increase public awareness, promote innovative research, and advocate for policy change that combats the adverse consequences of social isolation and loneliness, and advances approaches that improve social connectedness for all Americans. The session will cover the prevalence and biological aspects of social isolation, promising interventions to address the problem, and policy considerations.
 
 
Pandemic Virtual Exercise: Testing Your Plans
May 8, 2020 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT Register More Info
This is a free 2-hour Pandemic Virtual Exercise for congregations and faith-based organizations to discuss their upcoming plans using a pandemic scenario. This exercise is specifically designed to troubleshoot and find solutions for the unique obstacles facing congregations and organizations during a pandemic. This exercise will be held using the free online webinar platform Zoom. All materials needed will be sent in an email prior to the webinars. Participants should be prepared to discuss their upcoming COVID19 plans during the virtual exercise.
 
COVID_19 “Pandemic: Crisis Spiritual Care for Congregations Webinar”
May 7, 2020 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Register More Info
During this time of extraordinary disruption and anxiety, New York Disaster Interface Services is hosting a free two-hour webinar that offers an overview of crisis spiritual care best practices – including, general crisis spiritual care principles and interventions, disaster mental health & caregiver self-care.