Covid-19 Series: Paul Gionfriddo, Mental Health America's CEO

On today’s episode, our guest is Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of Mental Health America.
Paul has worked in a variety of health and mental-health related positions during a career spanning more than forty years.
He joined Mental Health America in 2014. His policy memoir, “Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia,” was published in 2014.
We talk to Paul about mental health in a time of Covid-19.
Important links:
https://mhanational.org/covid19
https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools
Questions Asked:
- So my first question is: How is COVID-19 affecting your life right now?
- What do you foresee as being the biggest mental health implications of COVID-19?
- What is MHA doing as it relates to the COVID-19 response to help people?
- What are you all recommending MHA affiliates do to continue helping those we serve?
- What strategies will make an impact as we contend with physical isolation and disrupted schedules?
- What coping techniques would you recommend for people who have lost their jobs and businesses or are struggling to keep their jobs/businesses?
- How do you think this crisis will affect the national suicide rate and how can people help someone they are worried about even though they are social distancing?


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