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Mental Health and COVID-19

William Sanderson
William Sanderson

Professor of Psychology William Sanderson participated in a Newsday webinar, “Helping Long Islanders Survive Coronavirus – Coping with COVID-19: A Conversation About Mental Health” on April 14. He served on a panel with Newsday’s Associate Editor Joye Brown and Ronald Brenner, MD, Chief of Behavioral Health Services at Catholic Health Services. Their discussion covered topics such as coping with stress, anxiety and depression during the pandemic; how to find mental health resources in your community; and how to support loved ones during this difficult time

Dr. Sanderson and his doctoral students have also created a website that provides therapeutic advice to help people cope with pandemic-related psychological distress.

The name of the website is “Coping with Fear and Sadness During a Pandemic: Don’t Give In To Or Fight Your Feelings, Learn to Manage Them.” Dr. Sanderson is director of the Anxiety and Depression Treatment Program at the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center. The doctoral students who collaborated with him on the site are Vinushini Arunagiri, Allison Funk, Karen Ginsburg, Jacqueline K. Krychiw, Anne R. Limowski, Olenka S. Olesnycky, and Zoe Stout.

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