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VIRTUAL EVENT: Let's talk! What do you need to recover from COVID-19?

28 July 2021, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

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How do we improve our collective mental health and sustain existing access to mental health services? How do we assure financial stability and job security in the population?

This event is free.

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Dr Keri Wong

The uncertainties surrounding the pandemic has raised the question: When will things get back to normal? With the vaccine roll-out programs continuing around the globe and new outbreaks and variants being found in parallel, perhaps this is the right time to stop, reflect, and refocus on what we need to do now to get to a new normal.

In this final webinar of our summer series, we will present a summary of the time-sensitive data collected to date. We will present the collective experiences that study participants have shared with us in the past year of the study and the important things that we need to know now in order to thrive and recover from the pandemic. 

We invite members of the public to join in on the discussion, to propose creative new solutions for each of us to cope with the pandemic, and how we should best address these issues in our local communities, schools, businesses, and the wider national and international levels moving forwards. Amidst these uncertain times, one thing is clear: The road to recovery is a long one and it has just begun.


  • Chair: Dr Nicola Abbott, Assistant Professor, UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
  • Speaker: Dr Keri Wong, Assistant Professor, IOE
  • Discussant: Deborah Alsina MBE, Chief Executive, Independent Age
  • Discussant: Professor David Murphy, Clinical Psychologist, President of the British Psychological Society 2019-2020 and COVID-Response group Lead
  • Discussant: Nigel Atter, Policy Advisor at The British Psychological Society.

UCL-Penn Global COVID Study webinar series

The UCL-Penn Global COVID Study is hosting a virtual webinar series, ‘Lessons from COVID-19: Reflections, Resilience and Recovery‘, sponsored by UCL Global Engagement. 

The five webinars will cover a range of topics including COVID’s impact on mental health in the general population across different countries, family relationships and social trust in others, postgraduate student wellbeing in higher education and the type of support we need to recover. 


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