Community forum on psychological effects of COVID pandemic

There is considerable evidence that, although we have subdued the germ, the effects of the social, psychological, and economic trauma persist.

To the editor:

The past two years have been very trying for most people, for some more than others.

Some people have lost loved ones. Seniors have been afraid to go out. Nurses and emergency staff worked under extreme stress.

Schools closed. People have stayed at a distance from strangers and avoided hugging their family members. Social and entertainment gatherings have been canceled. Weddings have been postponed.

People have lost their jobs. Businesses have closed. Town committee meetings have been poorly attended. Crime rates are up. People seem not able to see another point of view in a discussion.

There is considerable evidence that, although we have subdued the germ, the effects of the social, psychological, and economic trauma persist.

This Saturday July 9 at 9 a.m., in an outdoor setting at the Marian Fathers at Eden Hill in Stockbridge, a team of psychiatrists and psychologist from the Austen Riggs Erikson Institute will host a community forum so that people from any walk of life can share their experiences. Please join us so we can learn, move on, and perhaps do better the next time.

For more information, visit: www.austenriggs.org/CommunityForum2022 or contact Jane G. Tillman, Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education, Research, and Advocacy at: jane.tillman@austenriggs.net

Charles Kenny

Stockbridge