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Syracuse Speaks- Checking In On CNY's Mental Health

Tarryn Mento

For over a year, we have been witnessing and processing a global pandemic, political upheaval, and police violence against communities of color. Any of those events by itself would cause stress and trauma, but all of them simultaneously can be overwhelming. 

For this episode of Syracuse Speaks, we look into the mental health challenges of this moment. A warning for this episode: We’ll be discussing and hearing about distressing, sometimes traumatic events.  

First, people who work in the mental health field have seen first-hand the ways loss and anxiety are affecting people.  Whether it’s family loss, economic stress or a job that requires dealing with trauma, more and more people need – and are seeking help.  And we hear, the mental health professionals themselves are also being impacted. 

Also, we’ll hear from professionals and community members on the barriers different people can face when seeking help.  Later in the program, we’ll also see how youth are managing during this disruptive time.

Have an idea for Syracuse Speaks? Contact Producer Kevin Kloss

Katie Zilcosky is WAER’s All Things Considered host and features reporter. She also co-hosts WAER’s public affairs show Syracuse Speaks. As a reporter, she focuses on technology, economy, and identity.