Many people turn to their faith leaders when they have a concern or fear. For many people, even those with no mental health diagnosis, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased fears and concerns exponentially. Sometimes these emotions increase so much that they need to be addressed with specialized expertise that understands mental health concerns. This webinar series will help you consider and prepare for the mental health challenges that may arise during and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will include research on mental health and strategies for next steps in the days and months ahead.
“Task-shifting” is a term used to describe when non-mental health professionals are trained to use specific skills when addressing mental health concerns. This strategy is employed when there are not enough mental health professionals available to address the level of mental health needs in a specific community, such as when a natural disaster occurs. With the expected increase of mental health challenges related to COVID-19, our third webinar in this webinar series will highlight faith-based and community groups that are using online training and resources to develop mental health skills in their leaders.