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Dear Judi,

This year, World Mental Health day is more important than ever. That's why we are delighted to invite you to join four of our mental health research leaders as they discuss mental health over a webinar on Friday 9 October. The panel will explore what makes our brain resilient or vulnerable, how isolation and stress impact us, and how this will affect us for generations to come.

This pandemic is a chronic stressor with no clear ending yet in sight. We have had to say goodbye to many simple rituals, such as handshakes, that are a source of reward and belonging. We are challenged with the pressure of increased caring responsibilities and financial uncertainty. 

While we’ve all been hit by the same storm, we’re not in the same boat. What determines our ability to cope in the moment and our recovery after this pandemic has subsided? With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health issues, how will these stresses exacerbate already debilitating symptoms? Are we facing a mental health pandemic?

As we wait for a COVID-19 vaccine, the value of medical research is inarguable. We must also invest in a deeper understanding of mental health and in developing treatments.

We hope you are well, and able to join us for this all-important conversation. 

Warmest wishes,

The Florey Fundraising Team 

Friday, October 9, 2020

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM AEST

Exploring mental health together 



This webinar will look at the big Qs that need to be asked during COVID-19 including:

  • Why is mental health important: Why is it critical to invest in mental health research right now? What don’t we know? with Professor Andy Lawrence
  • What does isolation do to us? with Ms Katie Drummond
  • What role do our genes play in our mental health? with Dr Jess Nithianantharajah
  • How does stress impact on existing mental health conditions? with Dr Erin Campbell
  • What are the long-term impacts of this stressful event? with Dr Terence Pang
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