Heads Up: Coping Through COVID-19

This latest installment of "Heads Up: Coping Through COVID-19" is a 4-part series featuring Dartmouth Health experts and community members who address topics such as masking, vaccine mandates, and the surging Delta variant and how these are impacting students and educators returning to school, employees returning to the office, and resuming everyday activities.

Topics include:

Webinar 1: Returning to the Classroom: Excitement and Anxiety

Featuring Angelica Ladd, the parent of two daughters who are too young to be vaccinated; Emmett Smyth, a high school freshman at Rivendell Academy in Orford, New Hampshire; Steve Beals, principal of Alvirne High School in Hudson, New Hampshire; and John Broderick, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Dartmouth Health.

The panel discusses anxieties and concerns that parents, school administrators, and students face as they go back to school, daycare, and extracurricular activities and how to cope with the challenges of going back to school after spending the past two years in a remote or hybrid learning environment.

Webinar 2: Returning to the Workplace: How Do I Do This Again? Part 1 - Employees

Featuring Tracy Hutchins, President and CEO, Upper Valley Business Alliance, and Robert Brady, PhD, Psychologist, Director, Anxiety Disorders Service, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC).

The panel discusses how to manage feelings of anxiety and fear as employees go back to the workplace after working remotely or hybrid since March 2020.

Webinar 3: Returning to the Workplace: How Do I Do This Again? Part 2 - Employers

Featuring Heather McGrail, Director of Membership and Community Partnerships at Greater Manchester Chamber; Brenda Blair, Vice President of Total Rewards at Dartmouth Health; and Stephen Cole, PhD, Licensed Psychologist and Manager of the DHMC Employee Assistance Program.

The panel discusses how employers and business owners can navigate these challenging times while making their and their employees’ mental health a priority.

Webinar 3 resources

Employer and employee mental health supports:

  • For DHMC and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics employees: Employee support & wellness page on the intranet
  • For non DHMC and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics employees: Call 211 or visit the 211 website for a directory of community services within your state, including contact information for your local community mental health center.

National hotlines for mental health - 24/7:

Stress First Aid (SFA):

Webinar 4: Mental Health: A look at the past and imagining the future

Refer to our new Heads Up: A Year-long Mental Health Awareness Journey webinar series.