Beyond the Physical: The Importance of Mental Health in times of Crisis



Recorded: June 29, 2020, 05:15 PM – 06:30 PM +03(+03:00)

Dr. Hanna Kienzler, Mr. Matthew Dalling, Mr. Mohammed Abu Asaker, Ms. Nur Abdallah, Ms. Noor Fanoun

As COVID 19 has swept across the globe, it has carried with it a pervasive sense of uncertainty. Overnight we have found ourselves isolated, scrambling to adjust to a new way of connecting with family and loved ones, accustom ourselves to a new way of working and learning, adapt to a new way of “being”. For most of us this has caused restlessness, stress, and anxiety. For those living in extremely fragile contexts, it has exacerbated the effects of an already difficult reality; yet, repeatedly, mental health and psychosocial support interventions are ranked low on the list of essential services. How can we work together to ensure that the mental wellbeing of students, educators, and their communities as a whole are prioritised both during the pandemic and beyond?

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