Mental Health, Well-Being, and Psychosocial Support for Patients


As people around the world report significant and sustained increases in symptoms of depression and anxiety, it has become abundantly clear that COVID will impact our mental health just as hard as our hospitals and economies. Social-distancing and stay-at-home orders, job loss and insecurity, uncertainty and worry--all contribute to a growing crisis that is falling hard upon under-resourced mental health systems. This session will bring together patients, treaters, and advocates to discuss what each of us can do to alleviate the mental health burden on ourselves and those around us, with a particular emphasis on patients with pre-existing conditions who are among the hardest hit by social isolation during the pandemic.


Jasmin Watson-El
MS Patient Ambassador
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Catherine Benedict, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Stanford University School of Medicine
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Dominika Czarnota-Szałkowska
Secretary General, Polish Multiple Sclerosis Society, Executive Committee Member, European Multiple Sclerosis Platform
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Teri S. Brister, Ph.D., LPC
National Director Research & Quality Assurance, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
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Kelly Davis
Director of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services, Mental Health America (MHA)
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