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Protecting your psychological health during COVID-19

Protecting your psychological health during COVID-19

Medi Mondays Protecting your psychological health during COVID 19
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Join popular WJNI radio host Terry Base, The Medi’s Garcia Williams, and Dr. Stephen McLeod-Bryant, for a conversation about the social determinants of health! On Monday morning, Dr. McLeod-Bryant led an open and honest discussion of the impact of COVID-19 on our psychological health and provide tips on coping strategies. Listen in below.

According to Center for Disease Control, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely, and can increase stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient. 

​A native of the South (Birmingham, AL), Dr. McLeod-Bryant graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and then his MD. After completing a residency in psychiatry at the Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, he went on to become a faculty member and vice chair for clinical affairs of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC, medical director of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, medical director of Charleston Memorial Hospital, and vice chair and interim chair of Meharry Medical College’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Since 2015 he has been with the University of Miami’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, where he currently serves as clinical associate professor and co-chair of the Dean’s Task Force on Structural Racism. 

He has also been a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), president of the South Carolina Psychiatric Association, and the APA Caucus of Black Psychiatrists’ representative to the APA’s Assembly for 13 years. He is a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and the Black Psychiatrists of America.

Dr. McLeod-Bryant has been honored with many awards, including the APA’s Solomon Carter Fuller Award, the Jeanne Spurlock, MD Minority Fellowship Achievement Award, and multiple faculty teaching awards at MUSC and the University of Miami. His academic interests include transcultural and public psychiatry.