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Posted on: July 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Orange County to host panel discussion on mental health

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The Orange County Department on Aging and the Project EngAGE Mental Wellness & Aging Senior Resource Team invite the public to attend a virtual panel discussion entitled, “Let’s Talk About Mental Health During COVID” on July 23.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.”

Join us for a facilitated discussion as we openly and supportively discuss mental wellness and the struggles of staying mentally healthy during COVID.  A panel of experts will share their knowledge and experiences on how to address the concerns and obstacles we all could experience, as well as strategies for maintaining your mental wellness.

Panelists include:

  • Michelle Chambers, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and owner of Therapeutic Family Solutions
  • Nancy Ruffner, Board Certified Patient Advocate and owner of NAVIGATE NC LLC
  • Nancy Loefflerfounder of Being With Grief and the author of The Alchemy of Grief, Your Journey to Wholeness, and its Companion Journal

The event will take place on Thur., July 23, from 4 – 5:15 pm via the virtual platform, GoToMeeting.  The meeting room will accept entry beginning at 3:45 pm to assist with any questions or issues with using the platform prior to the start of the program. 

For the GoToMeeting link and information, please contact Shenae McPherson at or Kim Lamon-Loperfido at

If technology assistance is needed, please contact Shenae McPherson at 919-245-4243 by Monday, July 20.

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