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“What Matters Now: Emotional Balance and Core Needs in the Post-Pandemic Era,” a conversation between Nancy Burgoyne, Ph.D, and Maru Torres-Gregory, J.D., Ph.D., will be held at 7 p.m. on March 1 via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public, suitable for ages 12 and up. Registration is required.
The results of the American Psychological Association’s 2020 survey on stress led the organization to sound a devastating alarm: “We are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come.” Mental health professionals have a front row seat to this crisis. They have the privilege and the challenge of having profound conversations within which themes of helplessness, loss, isolation, uncertainty, and polarization are pervasive. Less expected and often generative are the “what matters now?” conversations that our unprecedented and chronic circumstances have pushed into the fore. The changes that we have been pressed to make have had unanticipated consequences; people are reevaluating their priorities.
Dr. Burgoyne and Dr. Maru Torres-Gregory are both from The Family Institute at Northwestern University (TFI) with decades of experience as clinicians and educators. Their perspectives are deeply informed by their work on the “emotional frontlines” of the pandemic. They will reflect on the substantial mental health challenges we face, the themes woven in this crisis, and the opportunities to access meaning and increase resilience.