Upcoming Webinar

Impact of COVID-19:  Bringing Mental Health Front and Center 



Thursday, July 16th  |  12:00 - 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Presented by:

Brett Harris, DrPH

Brianna Maher, MPH


FREE - NYSPHA members

$10 - non-members

Continuing Education Credits:

1 CHES credit available

1 CPH credit available 

Space is limited, registration is required.

Click here to register online


New York State, as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, is anticipating a major increase in suicide risk and other mental health concerns. As of June 5, 2020, the state has seen over 30,000 deaths due to the virus, accounting for almost 30% of the nation’s COVID-19 deaths. Public health measures to reduce the spread of the virus have led to an increase in risk factors for suicide. This webinar will describe the impact of the pandemic on mental health, suicide, and related risk factors in New York State and services and resources that are available to public health professionals to help prevent suicide and promote mental wellbeing.

Learning Objectives

By participating in this webinar you will be able to:

- Describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and related risk factors

-Identify different ways that public health organizations can prioritize mental health during the pandemic

- List available mental health services and resources

Speaker Biographies

Brett Harris, DrPH, is the Director of Public Health Initiatives for the Suicide Prevention Center of New York. In this role, Dr. Harris oversees initiatives related to schools, colleges/universities, and communities and works with large health systems and community providers to integrate suicide safer care into multiple service settings. Dr. Harris is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University at Albany School of Public Health where she teaches a course in suicide prevention and collaborates on implementation, research, and evaluation projects. Dr. Harris serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Public Health Association and was selected for the de Beaumont Foundation’s inaugural cohort of 40 under 40 Public Health Leaders. Dr. Harris received her Doctor and Master of Public Health from the University at Albany and her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.

Brianna Maher, MPH, is a Public Health Implementation Specialist with the Suicide Prevention Center of NY. Since graduating with her Master’s in Public Health from the University at Albany, Brianna’s work has focused on population-level suicide prevention for youth and young adults. She specifically works with colleges, schools, school-based health and mental health clinics, out-of-school time programs, and other youth-serving organizations. Brianna serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Public Health Association.

Additional webinars to be announced soon.

Do you have an interesting topic, research or best practice to share?  Click here to download a copy of our webinar presenter application.  Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis as we continuously seek to host a variety of webinars that meet the needs and interest of our network.


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