The Covid-19 pandemic has precipitated the worst global health and economic crisis in modern history. The critical responses and containment measures implemented by governments around the world have helped to limit the spread of the virus and mitigate damage to the economy, but more work is needed. Women and youth have been disproportionately disadvantaged by the disruptions to employment, society, and education systems. Socioeconomic inequalities have been amplified and access to essential support systems interrupted.
During a crucial time for personal and professional development, the majority of American youth have been forced away from schools and become isolated from their social groups. Many young people attempting to enter employment or in the early stages of their careers may face prolonged obstacles in their career progression and financial sustainability due to the current economic crisis. A latent pandemic of mental illness may well be on its way. The intense strain that has been placed on the mental and physical wellbeing of youth during the Covid-19 pandemic demands attention and intervention.
Advocating for mental health and wellbeing for youth can take many forms. From embedding Contemplative Studies curricula in universities, to implementing mindfulness practices in local communities, to proposing policy change at the G20 level, actions are being taken to ensure that the next generation of Americans can adopt restorative routines and build resiliency during these unprecedented times.
Title: Restoration & Resiliency: Advocacy for Mental Health & Wellbeing for Youth
Date: October 29th
Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm ET
Meeting: Zoom webinar