The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant amount of stress, anxiety, anguish and grief among residents of America’s largest township and across the nation. Many families have had to contend with an array of situations, including serious illness or death of a loved ones related to Coronavirus, the loss of jobs or income, difficulty to put food on the table, stress from working on the front lines and the overall uncertainty created by this “new normal.”
Recognizing the toll that the pandemic has taken on the psychological well-being of so many people, Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin is partnering with Town Medical Director Dr. David Neubert and local Mental Health Professionals to host a special Facebook Live, “Coping During COVID,” on Friday, May 22 at 11 a.m. Log on to the Town of Hempstead’s Facebook page for the free live session. Join Clavin and Neubert with special guests Dr. David Flomenhaft, Director of Behavioral Health Services at Mercy Medical Center, and Dr. Janet Kahn-Scolaro, Director of Behavioral Health, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital. The free interactive Q & A will give residents an opportunity to learn about important information, resources and tips related to mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic.
“May happens to be Mental Health Month, but this year it is particularly important to focus on the well-being of our residents during this uncertain period,” Clavin said. “With so many people struggling with their own unique set of circumstances, we want them to know that there is help available to them if they need someone to talk to or to provide them with guidance or tips to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Those who participate in the free panel have the option to ask questions or to simply sit back and take in all of the information to assist themselves or a loved one.
“We must remember that COVID-19 has taken both physical and a mental toll on people,” Neubert said. “Whether you are on the frontlines providing essential services or fighting the virus, or are at home contending with the changes brought about by this ‘new normal,’ mental health is a serious issue and we want people to know that resources are available to them when they need it.”
If you miss the live panel, an archive of the video will be available to view on the town’s Facebook page for those seeking information.
“The panel will discuss various methods of coping during COVID-19, sharing their wealth of expertise on improving mental well-being,” Clavin said. “It’s important to keep spirits up during this pandemic, so be sure to tune in.