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  • July 28, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm

This discussion will confront the alarming rise in mental health issues that has accompanied viral spread.

About this Event

Join the Infectious Disease Working Group on July 28th for our panel discussion, “The Invisible Wave: COVID-19 and Mental Health”, which will examine the rise in mental health issues that has accompanied viral spread. This neglected wave has seen many physicians, scientists, community members and activists sound the alarm for increased social supports but concerns remain unaddressed. This discussion will also focus on neighbourhood disparities that have led to disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on priority populations, especially Black, brown, and Indigenous communities. The recent release of race-based data of Toronto confirms what many have known about existing health and social inequities across the city’s resource-deprived neighbourhoods. These inequities have significant impacts on mental health and access to mental health services. With the diverse voices on our panel, we want to discuss how systemic racism in the city’s COVID-19 pandemic response has played a role in the stark differences in physical, emotional, and mental health outcomes we see across Toronto.