Dr. Gia Sison On Mental Health During COVID-19 (VIDEO)

How can we cope with COVID-19? In our next Wildtype Expert Opinion webinar, Filipino physician Dr. Gia Sison will tackle COVID-19’s impact on mental health.

AsianScientist (May 25, 2020) – Everyday, we face a deluge of grim news as global COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise. But in this period of great uncertainty, it’s become clear that the pandemic’s impact extends beyond physical health. As we begin to adjust to the new normal, it has also taken a profound toll on our emotional well-being.

In fact, a recent study of over a thousand healthcare workers on the frontlines of China’s COVID-19 response revealed that a considerable number reported symptoms of distress, depression, anxiety and insomnia. Nationwide surveys in China and the UK have also uncovered widespread psychological distress and concerns about the effects of social distancing measures.

Why has the coronavirus triggered a mental health crisis? Which groups are most psychologically affected by COVID-19? How can we take care of our mental health in this new normal?

Find out the answers to these questions on May 27, 2020 as our science writer Kamila Navarro speaks with noted Filipino physician Dr. Gia Sison.

A household name in her native Philippines, Sison is an occupational medicine specialist who currently heads the Women’s Wellness Center in the Makati Medical Center hospital. She rose to national prominence in the early 2010s for her frank discussion on her mental health struggles as a breast cancer patient. Now a prominent advocate for mental health, Sison is the national adviser of the Philippines’ Youth for Mental Health Coalition and the host of G Talks, a digital series on CNN Philippines.

In this session, Sison will explore the pandemic’s emotional toll and coping strategies, as well as share insights on the Philippines’ COVID-19 response.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

8:00 pm Singapore/Philippine Time

Please register here.


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