Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Overview for Nurses

Aug 19, 2022  01:00 PM  EST

This presentation will provide information about current national trends in adult and youth mental health, highlighting where the COVID-19 pandemic has made an impact. Speakers will discuss self-care practices for nurses and strategies to address vaccine-related anxiety from a mental health nursing perspective. They will provide an overview of the recently-activated National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. This webinar is part of our Nurse-Led Forum on Vaccine Confidence.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify one recent trend in mental health occurrences
  • State the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline number and describe its purpose
  • Name one potential benefit of self-care for nurses
Registration for this Forum is now closed.



Anita Iyengar, DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE
Anita Iyengar, DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNESenior Lecturer, Department of Family and Community Health University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing


Anita Iyengar, DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE is an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She serves as a resilience coach for a local health system and is active with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Anita Is the president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s Pennsylvania Chapter.

Joseph D. Palmeri, R.N, M.S.N.
Joseph D. Palmeri, R.N, M.S.N.President- Elect PA APNA

Joseph Palmeri, R.N, M.S.N, is a United States Marine Corps Veteran turned Registered Nurse who earned his Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Widener University and his Masters of Science in Nursing Administration from Pennsylvania State University. His experience encompasses Psychatric Nursing, Primary Care, and Nursing Management. Mr. Palmeri is a VA Coin of Excellence recipient. He is Aggression Replacement Training Certified and has earned certification from Harvard for exercising leadership. He has also completed the Fuld Institute’s Immersion of Evidence Based Practice from The Ohio State University. He is currently the Director of a Community Based Outpatient Center for the Veterans Administration and is President-Elect of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. 

Continuing Education Credits

Registration is free of charge and 1 CE will be offered for each training. Attendees must complete the evaluation to receive CEU certificate. Learn more here.

This project was funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (grant number NU50CK000580). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this resource center do not necessarily represent the policy of CDC or HHS and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.



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