Even as COVID takes a toll on the physical health of our community, it also deeply affects our mental health. COVID Questions: Mental Health will present a closer look at the problem, including how people can cope.
The virtual town hall will be held Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 pm over Zoom. Participants can take part at https://pitt.zoom.us/j/96156145654. The presentation will also be livestreamed over In This Together Cambria’s Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/inthistogethercambria.
“Mental health is such a critical issue in COVID,” said Ashlee Kiel of In This Together Cambria. “There are so many stressors – such as economic pressure, being isolated from friends and loved ones, and even grief and loss.”
Chip Minemyer, editor of The Tribune-Democrat, will moderate the discussion between Angie Richard, MSW, LCSW, clinical director for Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic Associates of Johnstown and Somerset; and Dr. Mary Berge, licensed clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience.
Tuesday’s event will be the third COVID Questions forum presented to date. Additional COVID Questions forums are planned as follows:
“COVID Questions” is an ongoing series featuring various experts to answer questions, dispel myths, and confirm how others are doing their share to curb the pandemic. The series is part of a larger effort in partnership with In This Together Cambria, an all-volunteer organization of local residents partnering to make Cambria County a better place to live, The Tribune-Democrat, and Pitt-Johnstown.
COVID Questions: Mental Health presents:
Angie Richard, MSW, LCSW is the clinical director for Croyle-Nielsen Therapeutic Associates of Johnstown and Somerset. She has experience in drug and alcohol treatment as well as mental health, and is highly skilled in trauma-informed therapy. She has worked with a variety of populations and demographics, including adolescents, adults, adults with intellectual disabilities, and groups.
Dr. Mary Berge is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience. She works with a variety of populations and diagnostic issues such as depression, anxiety, family problems, relationship issues, and trauma experiences (PTSD). She also specializes in working with first responders and military populations. Her practice, Dr. Mary Berge & Associates, is based in Johnstown.
The recording of the presentation is below. The panelists recommended some online resources, which we have collected for you in a separate post.