Actors Joe Gatto (left) and Jameela Jamil, who star in The Misery Index, will be attending one … [+] Mental health roundtable discussion on Thursday evening with experts and the CEO of the US YMCA.

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Several national nonprofits will partner with well-known celebrities in a free and open Facebook live discussion on the psychological effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic this Thursday evening.

The 90-minute event, moderated by actress Chase Masterson, founder and CEO of the Pop Culture Hero Coalition, offers a year of meaningful and educational discussions with experts and writers on the topics of mental health, trauma and resilience in adolescents. dependent pandemic. “

Starting at 8:30 p.m. in the east, English TV star Jameela Jamil and slapstick comedian Joe Gatto will join a list of recognized psychologists, experts and writers, including Dr. Janina Scarlet; Dr. Andrea Letamendi; Dr. Chris Coker; Dr. Rheeda Walker; Dr. Michael Rich; the Rev. Rob Lee; Carrie Goldman; Larissa May; and Kevin Washington, the President and CEO of YMCA of the United States.

“The global pandemic has exposed families to unprecedented levels of slow trauma and stress, and exposed the void in resources for managing and recovering children from persistent insecurities and fears,” said Goldman, co-founder and curriculum leader of the Pop Culture Hero Coalition, the Main sponsor of the event. “While we have pioneered social emotional learning curriculum for children over the past five years, it is more relevant today than ever as they gradually recover from the difficulties and trauma caused by the pandemic.”

Earlier this year, the CDC released updated guidelines on how best to cope with stress, including eating healthy, getting enough sleep, getting regular exercise, and avoiding excessive alcohol, tobacco, and substance use. A new study published in the journal Psychiatry Research found that among young adults, the levels of clinical depression among respondents rose from 14.9% in Fall 2019 to 34.7% in May / June 2020.

“Covid-19 is wreaking havoc on the mental health of many people, especially children, adolescents and families,” Washington said. “Social isolation, virtual learning, social unrest as well as general stress and fear have burdened parents and children equally. By bringing together prominent mental health advocates and experts in psychology and youth development, we hope to raise awareness and provide families with tools to help them recover from this pandemic and thrive again. “

The cacophony of opposing opinions about digital use and the effect that screens have on children often leave us confused, overwhelmed, and cautious, ”said Rich, associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School and founder of the Digital Wellness Lab. “Working with organizations like the US Pop Culture Hero Coalition and YMCA is the perfect example of how doctors, scientists and teachers work with technology innovators and content creators to create a digital environment that promotes individual and societal wellbeing . “

“After working with the Pop Culture Hero Coalition for several years, including the Be Kind campaign, I’ve seen firsthand the impact they have,” said Gatto of Impractical Jokers. “Expanding the reach of the coalition’s work with this partnership is an important step in the lives of children and youth. It’s really exciting to see how they can grow and do so much more good in the world. “

Further information on the event with the official title “Resilience, empathy, healthy screen time: An honest conversation” can be found here.