As physical distancing recommendations continue to be important to slow the spread of COVID-19, local governments and community-based partners are seeking to better address social isolation and loneliness. This is especially a priority for populations who faced isolation even before the pandemic and groups at higher risk for suicide and trauma such as seniors, youth, veterans, LBGTQ communities, among others. At the same time, connection through technology has increased with virtual programming and telehealth that serves individuals with computer and internet access, but leaves those without access with limited opportunities. This Prevention Institute webinar will explore the importance of social connection for trauma and suicide prevention and how agencies and organizations have adapted their efforts to the current context.
Tony Diaz, Senior Program Director, After School Matters
Emily Allen, Senior Vice President of Programs, AARP Foundation
Edward Garcia, Co-Director, Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness
Annette Marcus, Suicide Prevention Policy Manager, Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide
Kris Bifulco, Connect Postvention Coordinator, Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs