Mental Health Roundtable Sessions 1 to 3

Session 1: The Experience of Having COVID

The Experience of Having COVID aired February 10, 2021 and addressed the anxiety and upset of testing positive for COVID as well as how to manage COVID symptoms. Participants included:

  • Elizabeth Talbot, MD, New Hampshire’s Deputy State Epidemiologist
  • William Torrey, MD, Interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
  • Jennifer Saucier, Elementary School Teacher

Session 1 resources

Session 1 timestamps

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  • 1:11 - Jennifer Saucier shares her experience testing positive for COVID.
  • 5:30 - What to expect after testing positive for COVID.
  • 8:10 - How to cope with the anxiety and stigma experienced after a positive COVID test.
  • 11:37 - Jennifer's symptoms of COVID.
  • 16:20 - Dr. Talbot discuses long-haul symptoms of COVID.
  • 20:08 - Techniques to handle the stress, anxiety, and isolation of COVID.
  • 23:10 - Advice from Jennifer to those who have COVID.

Session 2: Understanding the COVID Vaccine

Understanding the COVID vaccine aired February 24, 2021 and addressed vaccine safety and effectiveness, frequently asked questions about the vaccine, and anxiety and uncertainty around obtaining the vaccine. Participants included:

  • Aalok Khole, MD, Epidemiologist, Cheshire Medical Center
  • Sally Kraft, MD, VP Population Health at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health
  • Staci Hermann, PharmD, MS, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Session 2 resources

Session 2 timestamps

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  • :51 - How vaccines are approved for use.
  • 3:52 - Why receiving the vaccine is so important for everyone in the population.
  • 5:24 - Wearing a mask and physically distancing after receiving a vaccine.
  • 8:08 - Getting the vaccine even if you have already had COVID.
  • 9:15 - What is herd immunity and why is it important?
  • 12:27 - Distribution of the vaccine.
  • 16:38 - COVID variants.

Session 3: Maintaining a Healthy Body and Mind During COVID

This session addresses the relationship between physical activity and mental health, and how to stay active in colder weather with limited gym access.

Participants include:

  • Patrick Ho, MD, MPH, Department of Psychology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
  • Lisa Madden, MSW, President and CEO, Riverbend Community Mental Health
  • Charlie Olsen, 2021 New Hampshire Kid Governor
  • Scott Prunier, Founder, Top Fitness

Session 3 resources

Session 3 timestamps

  • 1:09: How physical health and exercise can impact your mental health and help you cope with challenges of COVID-19.
  • 4:12: Coping mechanisms to help with anxiety and depression.
  • 7:20: Winter weather and its impact on mental health.
  • 9:43: New Hampshire Kid Governor talks about his experience during COVID.
  • 11:54: How to exercise at home to combat the impact of COVID.
  • 15:16: Additional ways to boost mental wellness.
  • 18:22: Coping with change.
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