The past year has been difficult. COVID-19 has had profound impacts on mental health for people of all ages. Now is a critical time to reduce stigma around mental health struggles that prevent individuals from seeking help. Nationwide, 40%1 of adults report symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive disorder during the pandemic. Beyond illness, or loss of loved ones, many young people’s social and emotional well-being have been harmed by the loss of routines. Mental health–related visits for children aged 5–11 and 12–17 years old increased about 24% and 31%, respectively.2 The pandemic’s damage has been even more pronounced among communities of color, who have experienced disproportionately higher rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths3.
Connecting with others during challenging times is important for Building Healing Communities . DHS’ Child and Family Services Division (CFSD) invites all Arlingtonians to take part in:
Conversations on Mental Health, Resilience and Equity
Community members will come together to share stories of resilience, strength, struggle, and support. We will host a free symposium over three (3) days of workshops covering topics such as mental health, race and equity, youth mental health, and paths to healing.
A series of evening workshops for professionals and community members: (all times EDT)
- Thurs., May 20th, 6-9 pm Keynote Speakers and Panel Discussion
- Mon., May 24th: 6-7:30 pm Mental Health, Race and Equity / BIPOC Community
- Tues., May 25th, 6-7:15 pm Youth & Mental Health / Age 0-5
- Wed. May 26th, 6-7:15 pm A Path to Healing (Yoga and Connection)
You won’t want to miss it! Register using Eventbrite to join this free event. The Symposium and all Workshops will include simultaneous Spanish interpretation.