Mental Health


1-2pm EST: Webinar COVID-19: State and Local Government Actions to Address Housing Insecurity

        • Hosted by the National Network for Public Health Law
        • Presenters:
          • Kathi Hoke, JD, Director, Network for Public Health Law – Eastern Region; Professor, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
          • Emily A. Benfer, LLM, JD, Visiting Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
        • This webinar will provide you with:
          • An assessment of the federal government’s action to prevent foreclosure or eviction for property subject to federally backed mortgages
          • An examination of state and local jurisdictions’ efforts to stave off tenant evictions
          • An understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on the homeless population and how jurisdictions are responding to the needs of people suffering homelessness

1-3pm EST: NPHW Forum: “NPHW @ 25: The Future of Public Health is Now”

          • Join APHA and public health leaders from across the country in this conversation about public health’s strides in the last 25 years, the challenges of eliminating health disparities and the imperative to create a more just world. The National Public Health Week Forum is the national kickoff for NPHW.
          • RSVP to watch the livestream on A recording of the webinar will be available after the event.

1:00pm EST: Virtual Wellness Circle via Zoom

Shahnaz Khawaja, Assistant Director of Resilience and Recovery Strategies, will talk about ways to turn off the body’s fight/flight response and how to engage in activities that will allow us to remain calm and navigate the current situation from our most effective, creative and problem-solving brain. During these wellness circles you will participate in some:

      • mindfulness and meditation exercises
      • physical movement related stress release
      • EFT tapping
      • strategies to tone your vagus nerve which helps in stress reduction that will include
        • chanting
        • loud singing
        • increasing salivation
        • loud gargling with water
      • laughter to reduce stress
      • camaraderie and virtual social connection

     What to bring:

      • YOU!
      • An open mind
      • Humor
      • A cup of warm water (trust us, this will make sense later)
      • A willingness to take a risk and try something outside of your comfort zone to help you feel better

All Day: Social Media Campaign #MindMatters

Join Public Health Leadership Student Association (PHLSA) and Gillings Student Government Association (SGA) for a social media campaign for Mental Health to increase awareness and check in with their colleagues, friends and family to make sure we are taking care of our mental health in these challenging times. We wish you take some time off to take care of yourself tomorrow (and everyday) and unwind. If you are on social media, please tag your family and friends, and colleagues with a hashtag #MindMatters. 

On Facebook, please tag SGA at @uncsphstudentgov and if on Instagram, tag UNC Gillings page @uncpublichealth.

Want more? Check out the National Public Health Week Website for more events!

Also, check out the Gillings Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week website for more events!