Learn About COVID-19 and Your Mental Health

Monday, March 1, 2021

Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful and overwhelming due to the pandemic. And while social distancing is necessary, it can also make us feel isolated and lonely, all affecting our mental health.

To help you learn about the effect that COVID-19 can have on mental health and ways to practice self-care, Claudia Swonger, director of behavior health community outreach at the Osceola Regional Medical Center, will host two upcoming Valencia College workshops, one for all employees, and another for supervisors.

Lunch and Learn – COVID-19 Impact on Mental Health

Date: Friday, March 26, 2021
Time: 12 – 1 p.m. 
Location: Zoom

Join this session to learn to identify the signs and impact of mental health challenges from COVID, learn about the signs of compassion fatigue and stress, and review ways to practice self-care and self-compassion during COVID-19. No registration is necessary.

Supervisor Session – Starting a Conversation on Mental Health in the Workplace

Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Supervisors, join this special session designed to help you discuss mental health with your team, to learn about burnout and how it affects the work environment, and identify what leaders can do in the workplace to start a conversation on mental health. No registration is necessary.

Claudia Swonger is a bilingual licensed mental health counselor with more than 15 years of experience in the mental health field. She has a Master of Arts from Webster University. She is trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and CBT trained. She has worked as a bereavement counselor for hospice, as a clinical director for a community health program and was in private practice. In her current role, she continues to advocate for mental health to end the stigma and to connect people with resources needed.

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