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UArizona Hosting COVID-19 Webinars to Help Recognize, Resolve Isolation’s Impact on Mental Health
By Lisa Padilla - Thursday Jul 09, 2020
Humans are social creatures and the isolation caused by sheltering-in-place can impact our mental health. That’s very significant when you consider the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 36% of the U.S. population is experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression disorder as a result of social distancing and stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, calls to a national crisis helpline saw an 891% jump, and anti-anxiety prescriptions increased by 34% in February, March and April, according to news sources. And the Pima County Health Department warned in May of a spike in suicides. All, again, are reportedly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To address these issues and offer some coping tools, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UArizona (OLLI-UA) and UArizona Department of Psychiatry will host two Zoom webinars this month: Friday, July 17, and Friday, July 24, both at 2 p.m. Each features a question-and-answer session after brief presentations.

These events are free and open to the public. Register online at

COVID-19 Isolation Impacts on Mental Health

On July 17, the webinar title is Recognizing, Addressing and Treating Anxiety and Depression featuring UArizona/Banner – University Medicine psychiatry faculty members:

Patricia Harrison-Monroe, PhD, associate professor and department vice chair. Dr. Harrison-Monroe’s areas of interest include health disparities, early intervention for serious mental illness, community education and stigma reduction, as well as public health care policy and its effect on at-risk populations

Gustavo J. Perez, PhD, assistant professor and lead psychologist at the Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICenter). Dr. Perez is a certified trauma specialist working with people experiencing serious mental illness.

COVID-19 Isolation Impacts on Couples and Families

On July 24, the webinar title is Recognizing, Addressing and Resolving Relationship Challenges During Confinement featuring UArizona/Banner – University Medicine psychiatry faculty members:

Alison R. Coelho, PsyD, assistant professor. Dr. Coelho’s areas of interest include trauma-focused psychotherapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, neuropsychology and couples’ therapy with an emphasis on interracial marriage

Noshene Ranjbar, MD, assistant professor and director, Integrative Psychiatry Clinic. Dr. Ranjbar’s interests include integrative psychiatry, health disparities – with a focus on Native American and immigrant mental health – and mind-body medicine.

For more on the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson’s activities regarding the COVID-19 pandemic visit,

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By Jamie Manser