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  • May 20, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Centre for Global Health webinar will explore mental health impacts of COVID-19 from policy, indigenous, mindfulness & student perspectives

About this Event

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought an increasing amount of uncertainty to our lives. The mental health impacts of the pandemic, while universal, are also unique to individuals and communities that experience them. Culture and social contexts, while not the only determinants, shape and give meaning to the mental health experience of individuals and communities.

This webinar will explore the intersection of culture with the individual and collective mental health impacts of COVID-19 from a global mental health policy, indigenous, mindfulness and student perspective. Panelists will explore the ways in which COVID-19 is affecting diverse communities, as well as the potential mental health effects long after restrictive public health measures have been lifted. Throughout the discussion, panelists will inform and create a shared understanding of the mental health repercussions of COVID-19 that we are collectively living through. A list of mental health resources will be shared with participants after the webinar.

A short experiential mindfulness practice will also be offered at the end of the webinar for those who wish to participate.


  • Erica Di Ruggiero, Associate Professor DLSPH, Director of the Centre for Global Health , DLSPH


  • Akwatu Khenti, Assistant Professor DLSPH, Scientist at the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH
  • Renee Linklater, PhD, Director at Shkaabe Makwa, CAMH
  • Elli Weisbaum, PhD Candidate at UofT’s Institute of Medical Science and SickKids Department for Neuroscience and Mental Health, instructor for the Applied Mindfulness and Meditation Certificate Program at UofT School of Continuing Studies
  • Corey McAuliffe, PhD, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences DLSPH