Rappahannock Area Health Education Center (RAHEC) and Rappahannock Community College are hosting a free virtual mental health workshop titled ‘Living Well in a Climate of Chaos’ on July 22, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The workshop is designed to educate students, practicing professionals and community members on understanding current mental health challenges related to the stress of the pandemic, social distancing and the current climate of rapid social change. Learn how to improve and develop a different state of mind. Learn more and register at rappahannock.edu/ahec.

The workshop will open with introductions from RCC President, Dr. Shannon Kennedy and RCC Professor of History, Dr. Matthew Brent, followed by Keynote Speaker Staci M. Young, LPC, Intensive Community Services Coordinator/Forensic Coordinator for the Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Services Board. 

Several breakout sessions will follow:

Where did my village go? Hosted by Danielle Carter, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

The face of help is changing: How to navigate. Hosted by Stephanie Fidgeon, Manager of the Psychiatry Clinical Case Management Department for Mary Washington Healthcare

Abuse of self and others: Isolation and increases in suicidal thoughts and intimate partner violence. Hosted by Laura Gares, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Germanna Community College

Substance use and abuse during a pandemic: Challenges to coping and recovery. Hosted by Deborah Matthias-Anderson, Nurse Educator, Department of Nursing, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota.