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ClassACT Zoom Forum: Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19

  • May 07, 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Thursday, May 7, 7-8 PM EDT

This is a question a lot of us are asking ourselves these days! The COVID-19 pandemic is creating personal and emotional challenges for all of us.

For its third ClassACT ZOOM Forum on Thursday,  May 7 at 7pm EDT, ClassACT HR73 has assembled a remarkable group of  HR73 mental health professionals to share their insights about the effects of the pandemic on our mental health, and to provide suggestions for effective coping strategies.  They will examine the range of reactions to the unprecedented challenges of the illness itself and its personal and societal consequences for adults and children alike:  physical distancing and isolation, financial insecurities, and conflicting medical and political information. We invite you to listen, learn and ask questions.


Dr. Patricia Potter is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and an adult psychoanalyst.  She is on the faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. She has also been an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Robert Waldinger is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and Zen priest. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and directs the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest-running studies of adult life ever done. The Study tracked the lives of two groups of men for over 75 years, and it now follows their Baby Boomer children to understand how childhood experience reaches across decades to affect health and wellbeing in middle age. He writes about what science and Zen can teach us about healthy human development.

Dr. Waldinger is the author of numerous scientific papers as well as two books. He teaches medical students and psychiatry residents at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and he is a Senior Dharma Teacher in Boundless Way Zen.

Henrietta W. Lodge, LCSWR, is a recently retired school social worker with 40 years’ experience working with both middle and high school students, their families and school staff in public and private schools.  She serves on the Putnam/Northern Westchester (NY) Regional Crisis Team and the Putnam County (NY) Suicide Task Force. She is also a member of ClassACT’s Communication Committee.

Please go to the ClassACT COVID-19 page to access information and videos of our previous Zoom Forums: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Voter Suppression and the Effect of COVID-19 on Voting Rights. 

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