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New York Encounter 2021: Why On Earth?

Sunday, February 14, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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An online discussion on the “epidemic” of suicide and mental health issues in the time of Covid with Aaron Kheriaty, professor of psychiatry, Irvine School of Medicine, University of California, Jeremy McLellan, comedian, and Mary Townsend, assistant professor of philosophy, St. John’s University, moderated by Margarita Mooney, associate professor of Congregational Studies, Princeton Theological Seminary, Founder and Executive Director of Scala Foundation.

The pandemic did not only fill our days with uncertainty and discomfort, helplessness and fear. It also brought a dramatic increase of mental health issues. But what is, and what is not, mental illness? Is it possible to cope with it? How? Why does it carry a stigma? Covid-19 also worsened the horrific epidemic of suicide, especially among young people. How can it be addressed? Is “how to fix it” actually the right question? Are there other more fundamental questions that need to be answered? These are some of the questions the panelists will discuss.

See more information here: https://www.newyorkencounter.org/2021-why-on-earth