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Dr Peggy Kern

Oct 13, 2023 7:00 PM

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In this webinar, Dr. Peggy Kern provides an insightful overview of the challenges and solutions related to mental health in young people and educators. She delves into the various factors contributing to the rise in mental health issues, such as COVID-19, cyberbullying, domestic violence, and, in some contexts, gun violence. Dr. Kern highlights the significant impact these challenges have on the mental well-being of both students and teachers, with many educators facing burnout and considering leaving their profession.

Dr. Kern then shifts the focus to positive psychology as a potential solution. She emphasizes the need to go beyond merely treating mental illnesses to actively fostering resilience and well-being. Throughout the video, Dr. Kern introduces practical strategies for this, including addressing basic needs encapsulated in the acronym HALTS (hungry, angry, lonely, tired, sad), encouraging practices like gratitude and mindfulness, and concentrating on character strengths. She underscores the crucial role of positive social relationships and the creation of supportive educational environments.

With her expertise in positive psychology, Dr. Kern advocates for a comprehensive approach to mental health, which combines traditional treatment methods with proactive steps to not only prevent mental illness but also to enhance the overall well-being of young individuals and educators. The video concludes with Dr. Kern stressing the importance of self-care for educators and the integration of positive psychology principles into educational systems to create a more nurturing and conducive environment for student and teacher well-being.