This week we discussed how stress during the COVID-19 crisis can affect your mental health and the wellbeing of your family, friends, work colleagues and community.

We were joined by Ashlee Fitch, Director, United Steelworkers’ Tony Mazzocchi Training Center, who discussed the importance of recognizing different kinds of stress, stressful and life-altering events, symptoms of mental health problems and post-traumatic stress disorder, and how important it is to take action to protect your mental health. Ashlee made us aware of International Overdose Awareness Day to be held on August 31, 2020.

We were also joined by Tracy F.H. Chang, Ph.D., M.B.A., Associate Professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University, who discussed ways in which workers can equip themselves to deal with the stresses of modern workplaces, especially under COVID19. This included equipping ourselves with “inner PPE”- tools for buffering the physical and psychological impact of COVID-19 and to take the time to “Close Our Eyes and Look Inside.” Just as we need safety and health training, we need training on how to properly use  inner PPE and yogi sciences.

Both panelists spoke to the importance of mental health and work-life balance in coping with the stressors of a modern workplace under the COVID-19 crisis.  There were 78 participants on today’s webinar.

Important References:

Tracy Chang’s Presentation Here

United Steel Workers (USW) Resource Guide:

New Study: Tools for Wellbeing COVID-19 National Study of Undergraduate Students


Thrive Global: Yoga Helps College Students De-Stress. We Need Your Help to Study It.

To enhance your body’s own production of cannabis, try meditation:

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

World Health Organization (WHO) Mental Health Recommendations: Click Here

US Department of Health & Human Services- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: