COVID-19, Mental Health and Lessons from the Pandemic
Isolation, financial loss, debt, bereavement, uncertainty, lack of control, anxiety, stress. These are some of the emotions and experiences that have accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic- an unprecedented global crisis that has intensified the already existing crisis of mental health on university campuses. In this session, we shall explore how COVID-19 has affected students, faculty and staff in different university settings; university policies and practices that have amplified or alleviated levels of mental distress; and the challenge of balancing a commitment to scholarship, with collective responsibilities to the creation of environments that support mental health and well-being. Themes we will address in this panel session include: lessons from online learning, burnout and the politics of self-care, the pandemic’ racialized impacts, student-supervisor relationships, learning and grief.
Please let us know if you would like to be part of the discussion and send us a short paragraph (max 250 words) about what you plan to talk about to Beverley Mullings (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Linda Peake (email@example.com) by Monday 11 October 2021. Because this is a panel, we don’t need abstracts. We will finalise the sessions by Friday 15 October.