Building Resilience During COVID-19

The director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. recently discussed the mental health responses to disasters like COVID-19 with Dr. George Everly, Jr. Dr. Everly is a psychologist and professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and world-renowned expert with more than 40 years studying the psychological impacts of disasters.

With more than 215,000 Americans having lost their lives and countless more infected and impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, a significant psychological and emotional toll is felt by most if not all of us. The science of our behavioral and social response and the strategies identified to assist us in dealing with our fears and ultimately rise to the challenge of supporting others is worth taking note of during this unprecedented time. Dr. Everly’s insights on this pandemic and discussion of some skills to build resilience are captured in this interview and are available in full at the NIH Directors Blog at https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2020/10/15/building-resilience-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/ .