According to the World Health Organization, fear, worry, and stress are normal responses to perceived or real threats, and at times when we are faced with uncertainty or the unknown. So, it is normal and understandable that people are experiencing fear in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Added to this fear are the significant changes to our daily lives as movements and connections are restricted to contain and slow the spread of the virus. This talk will focus on challenges and the need to look after our own mental health and to support others in doing so.
Alan Lando is a long-time member and past president of Groveland UU Fellowship. He holds the title of Distinguished International Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. His work has focused primarily upon researching effective methods of tobacco cessation and on advocacy initiatives to reduce the global burden of tobacco harms.