World Mental Health Day: Shining the light on the mental health pandemic

09 Oct 2020, 2:00 PM

Are we facing a mental health pandemic?

Join four of the Florey Institute’s Mental Health research leaders as they discuss what makes our brain resilient or vulnerable, how do isolation and stress impact us and how will this affect us for generations to come.

This pandemic is a chronic stressor with no clear ending yet in sight. We have had to say goodbye to many simple rituals, such as handshakes, that are a source of reward and belonging. We are burdened with the stress of financial insecurity and increased caring responsibilities. While we’ve all been hit by the same storm, we’re not in the same boat. What determines our ability to cope in the moment and our recovery after this pandemic has subsided? With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health issues, how will these stresses exacerbate already debilitating symptoms? Are we facing a mental health pandemic?

As we wait for a COVID-19 vaccine, the value of medical research is inarguable. We must also invest in a deeper understanding of mental health and in developing treatments.

This webinar will look at the big questions that need to be asked including:

  • Why is mental health important : Why is it critical to invest in mental health research right now? What don’t we know? with Professor Andy Lawrence
  • What does isolation do to us? with Ms Katie Drummond
  • What role do our genes play in our mental health? with A/Prof Jess Nithianantharajah
  • How does stress impact on existing mental health conditions? with Dr Erin Campbell
  • What are the long-term impacts of this stressful event? with Dr Terence Pang



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Tel: 1800 063 693


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