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Vermont health professionals explain COVID's toll on mental health

Teenager with depression sitting alone in dark room
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This hour we talk about mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Live call-in discussion: Mental health is a phrase we hear a lot these days, as we head into the Covid-19 pandemic's third year. A recent University of Vermont study found that nearly half of respondents indicated anxiety or depression during the pandemic. But a shortage of psychiatrists and counselors means help isn't always available. This hour, we talk with Vermont health professionals and others about the mental health hurdles children and adults are facing.

Our guests are:

  • Andy Rosenfeld, assistant professor and child psychiatrist at University of Vermont Medical Center
  • Cath Burns, independent psychologist and quality director at Vermont Care Partners
  • Tom Murphy, co-founder of Sweethearts and Heroes

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, help is available:

Broadcast live on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Editor's note: COVID Support VT is a VPR underwriter.

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Mikaela Lefrak joined Vermont Public in 2021 as co-host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.
Tedra joined Vermont Public as a producer for Vermont Edition in January 2022. Before moving to Vermont, she was a journalist in New York City for 20 years. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.