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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 a six-part series streaming live each Wednesday, beginning April 22, 2020. The next one launches May 20: Focus on Adults, Navigating Stress and Mental Wellbeing.

Webinar 1: Focus on Parents of Infants Through Sixth Graders

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 address school, family, and the additional challenges faced by new parents during this time.

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

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

Webinar 3: Focus on High School Students

May 6, 2020 at 12:00 pm noon EST
Featuring John Broderick, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice, and a panel of high school students, who will address the importance of social distancing, mental health, and staying connected to friends, classmates and teammates.

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.

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