Mental Health and Social Distancing
Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.
That message is coming through loud and clear and, thankfully, the vast majority of the population is following the advice. It is undoubtedly the right approach and over a quarter of the world’s population now following some form of social distancing.
But what if staying home isn’t safe? Sadly for some people the home is not a safe haven but an abusive environment. Reports of domestic violence have increased dramatically and even previously harmonious relationships are feeling the strain of the situation.
Additionally, social distancing is leading to loneliness, increased anxiety and limited support networks. As ever, technology is simultaneously being hailed as the solution (video conferencing, hyper local WhatsApp groups, streaming services) and exacerbating the problem (social media comparisons, inability to switch off).
In this webinar, chaired by Charlotte Lewis – Mills & Reeve, our experts will address the mental health impact of social distancing, share their personal experiences and offer tools to support individuals through the crisis.
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About the Speakers:
Charlotte is a specialist commercial health lawyer at Mills & Reeve. She advises public and private healthcare organisations on a wide range of commercial and corporate matters including corporate/contractual structures, new care models and transformational programmes, as well as general commercial enquiries. She also has a particular interest in health tech and enjoys working with technology and digital companies operating in the sector.
Chair of pro-manchester’s healthcare committee, she is passionate about innovation and transformation within the sector. She loves to work with clients who are looking to break into new areas or do things differently.
Kate is the International Event Manager at Euler Hermes, the world’s leading credit insurer, and passionate about events and people. Kate finds the psychological behaviours of people, particularly at live events fascinating, having produced over 700+ events all over Europe and the UK, from business focussed conferences to incentive weekends, in her 19 year career. A trained Mental Health First Aider and active member of EH’s Wellbeing Champions, Charity and Social Media committees, Kate enjoys supporting others and increasing engagement and morale.
With live events put on hold indefinitely, Kate is focussing on various virtual projects and events to support staff through this unprecedented period and is relishing the ‘’Learning Friday’s’’ Euler Hermes have implemented, to encourage staff to use their time creatively and develop news skills, if they wish.
In the last month alone, Kate has helped raised over £1k for Mind and year to date over £3.5k and is working on various projects to raise more!
Anna is the Director of Services at TLC: Talk, Listen, Change a Greater Manchester Relationships charity, creating and sustaining safe, healthy, happy relationships. Until January 2020 Anna was the Head of Domestic Abuse Services within TLC, supporting the delivery, management and development of the department. For over 10 years, TLC: Talk, Listen, Change have offered a range of services and programmes for perpetrators of domestic abuse, working with them to change their harmful behaviours. We also offer integrated support for anyone affected by their actions which can include partners, ex-partners and any children involved. We have an experienced and dedicated team of professionals working in this area and we are proud members of the Respect network holding full accreditation since 2014.
I graduated with my BA in Human Biology and MA in Psychology from Stanford University in 2000. I received my PhD in clinical psychology from UCLA in 2008 and completed my internship and postdoctoral work at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. I worked as an assistant professor, then associate professor at Roosevelt University from 2009 through 2016. From 2015-2016 I served as the director of the Doctor of Psychology program at Roosevelt University. I also maintained a small private clinical psychology practice from 2009-2016. I started as a Lecturer at the University of Manchester in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health, Manchester Center for Health Psychology in May of 2016. I currently teach at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
John is a Professor in Design at Northumbria University, where he is based in the CoCreate research group. He works in the research field of human-computer interaction, where his research focuses on the study of how people experience, appropriate and use digital technologies in their everyday lives. His research has focused on a range of societal challenges that technology has implications for – including independence in old age, social care in communities, and health promotion. He is part of ongoing research projects exploring the positive and negative impacts digital technologies can have on populations that are socially isolated or at heightened risk of loneliness, which he will touch on in this online panel. For more information on John’s research and the CoCreate group, visit this website: https://cocreatenorthumbria.org/people/vines/