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Mental Health Webinar Series

Heads Up: Coping through COVID-19

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) has launched a mental health webinar series in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The series features Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) and Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine experts who discuss the challenges and concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and social isolation. This webinar is an eight-part series streaming live each Wednesday, beginning April 22, 2020. The next one launches June 10: Supporting Families who Might be High Risk because of COVID-19.

Webinar 1: Focus on Parents of Infants Through Sixth Graders

Original Date: April 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm noon EST
Featuring Erin Barnett, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, and Caroline Christie, MSW, Clinical Social Worker, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Intensive Care Nursery (ICN), who addressed school, family, and the additional challenges faced by new parents during this time.

Survival tips

  • Explain to kids they’re safe at home and are protecting others who could get really sick.
  • Mix-up the schedule with music, going outside and setting up FaceTime or Google Hangout sessions with friends and family.
  • Contact your health care provider if you are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance misuse or addictions, like online shopping or excessive eating.

For more tips, read the full story.


Webinar 2: Focus on Parents of Seventh Graders Through College-Age 

Original Date: April 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm noon EST
Featuring pediatrician Kimberly Gifford, MD and Susan Pullen, D-H Licensed Clinical Social Worker, addressing how to talk about COVID-19 and social distancing, school, and mental wellbeing with older children.


Webinar 3: Focus on High School Students

Original Date: Wednesday, May 6, 12 Noon EST
Featuring John Broderick, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice, and New Hampshire high school students, Emily Galeva of Lebanon and Aron Silvestre of Goffstown, who addressed the importance of social distancing, mental health, and staying connected to friends, classmates and teammates.

Helpful Tips

  • Think of this time as an opportunity to try something new–think positively! It won’t last forever.
  • Control your schedule to provide stability and reduce stress.
  • Get outside! Go for a walk, hike or work out.
  • Spend less time on the internet and more with your parents. Talk to them, eat meals with them and learn from one another.
  • If you are struggling emotionally talk to someone—a parent, sibling or friend.
  • Gently remind kids there are online and telehealth counseling options for those that need to talk to someone neutral


Webinar 4: Focus on Health Care Workers and First Responders

May 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm noon EST
Featuring Stephen Cole, Ph.D., Manager, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Employee Assistance Program, who will address managing stress, protecting yourself and loved ones, and mental wellbeing.

Webinar 5: Focus on Adults, Navigating Stress and Mental Wellbeing

May 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm noon EST
Featuring Robert Brady, Ph.D., Director of Anxiety Disorders Service, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, William Torrey, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, and Ken Norton, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness, New Hampshire (NAMI NH), who will address managing mental health, staying informed, and staying connected and productive.

Webinar 6: Focus on Seniors

May 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm noon EST
Featuring Ellen Flaherty, PhD, MSN, APRN, and Daniel Stadler, M.D., who will address managing anxiety surrounding the pandemic and staying connected to loved ones.

Webinar 7: Families Facing Financial Hardship

June 3rd at Noon
Featuring Bryan A. L’Heureux, Community Health Worker Supervisor, Mirella C. Maggi, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, and Eric Wadsworth, Financial Advisor

Webinar 8: Know and Tell: Supporting Families

June 10th at Noon
Featuring Becky Parton, MSW LICSW, Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center and Cathy Brittis (Bean), Program Manager, CHaD Office of the Child Advocate Center

The webinars

  • Feature experts who discuss the challenges and concerns brought about by the pandemic and social isolation.
  • Offer information, tips and techniques for coping and maintaining health and wellness in this trying time.
  • Cover topics relevant to:
    • Parents who may be working from home while homeschooling children
    • High school and college students who are learning online and isolated from friends
    • Adults experiencing anxiety or who struggle with mental illness
    • Health care workers and first responders
    • Seniors and those who care for them

The links to each webinar are shared on D-H’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts prior to each live event. Additionally, each webinar is archived on the D-H Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In this time of heightened anxiety, Dartmouth-Hitchcock is pleased to be able to bring valuable information and support to help people across the region deal with the emotional aspects of this crisis. The topics covered in the ‘Heads Up’ series are relevant and timely, and we hope people of all ages will find the information presented by our experts both beneficial and comforting.

Joanne M. Conroy, MD, CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health