Keeping Well: Mental Health and COVID-19
This program is pre-approved for 1 SHRM PDC & HRCI General Credit
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the mental health and well-being of many Americans. Studies have shown that nearly half of Americans expressed that they are feeling a decline in their mental health since the novel coronavirus arrived in the U.S. Experts believe that the resulting economic recession, increased isolation, and decreased access to physical or mental health care as a result of COVID-19 will have long-term implications for mental health.
During this webinar, learning objectives include:
- Defining what is mental health and stress.
- Identifying the short- and long-term impact of COVID-19 on mental health and well-being in the workplace.
- Learning possible warning signs of mental illness; and
- Resources to assist HR professionals to address the mental health impact of COVID-19 in the workplace, develop their own programs for employee health and safety and to advance access to behavioral health services beyond the pandemic.
Heather Phelps, MA LPC
Mental Health Clinician III
Division of Behavioral Health
Heather Phelps received her Master’s in Human Development and Family Relationships from the University of Connecticut. Since moving to Alaska in 1998, she has worked in the behavioral health field in state government, nonprofit agencies, and in the private sector. Her professional experience ranges from providing substance use disorder treatment in a therapeutic community, to behavioral health services for adolescents at McLaughlin Youth Center, to overseeing medication assisted treatment at Department of Corrections. In her current position at Division of Behavioral Health, she is a grant program manager in the substance use disorder quality assurance team. Heather is a licensed professional counselor and approved LPC supervisor. Heather is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor and was the first to be certified in the state of Alaska for SAMHSA’s “How Being Trauma Informed Improves Criminal Justice Responses.” Her professional areas of interest include suicide prevention, trauma informed care, medication assisted treatment, and staff development.
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