Even though many of McLean’s faculty and trainees attend their share of daily Zoom meetings, one meeting in particular has become a welcome respite from the others.
A virtual peer support series offered by McLean’s Office of the Chief Academic Officer, “Strengthening Resilience in the Time of COVID,” offers an opportunity for participants to problem-solve and discuss resilience in the face of stressors brought on and exacerbated by the pandemic.
Chief Academic Officer Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH, and Clinical Director of the Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders Jane Eisen, MD, founded the series, in which hour-long drop-in sessions are offered one to two times each month.
“During the immense challenges of COVID, the national unrest and distress related to racism, the increasing urgency of climate change, and the tense political climate, McLean’s faculty and trainees rallied to address massive logistical, research, and clinical issues,” Greenfield said.
She described how staff have come to work and problem-solved while being concerned about the welfare of family and friends and a myriad of personal challenges with child care and schooling. She added that many researchers and clinicians have been working from home and also confronting next steps during recovery planning.