WEBINAR: Caregiver and Family Mental Health and COVID19
Caregiver and Family Mental Health and COVID19: A focus on ASD and Eating Disorder patient populations
Caregivers and families of autistic people have experienced considerable stress and mental health difficulties as a result of COVID-19 social distancing measures. Dr. Vivian Lee will present the results of a knowledge synthesis that includes media items, organizational reports, peer-reviewed literature, and grey literature. The work highlighted the potential long-term impact of prolonged exposure to increasing demands on the mental health and wellbeing of caregivers and families of autistic people, how families are activating individual and community-based coping strategies, and pointed to a need for the rapid development and evaluation of flexible and timely support programs.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on children and youth experiencing eating disorder behaviours and their families/clinicians. With the uncertain nature of the pandemic, patients are experiencing heightened anxieties and engaging in eating disorder behaviours; parents are struggling with first-time home monitoring for their child; and clinicians are challenged with providing the same level of care virtually, while using unfamiliar telehealth techniques. Dr. Jennifer Couturier will present recommendations from the Canadian Consensus Panel and the findings that family-based therapy and/or cognitive behavioral therapy delivered by telemedicine may be viable options for children and youth with eating disorders.