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In this episode, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Dr. Lawrie Ignacio and Jodie Gerson. Lawrie is a clinical psychologist and consultant to the program. Jodie Gerson is the director of the Hawaii Pro Bono COVID-19 Project and has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children with interventions and mental health assistance. We envision this being something that could be a way to bring all of Hawaii's mental health practitioners together in a way that could be collaborative and ideally the best of Hawaiian mental health. We hope that by sharing this story, our listeners can implement this program in your community or state.
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How to Deal With Difficult Family During the Holidays

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With Thanksgiving travel slated to return to within 5 percent of 2019 levels, AAA predicts that upwards of 54 million people are traveling for the holiday—an 80 percent increase from last year. This year—perhaps more so than in years past—the issue of holiday travel is a particularly interesting one.

Thanks to two major overlapping events—the pandemic and the 2020 presidential election—the last two years have seen a lot of families and loved ones fall out over irreconcilable differences about politics or Covid-related grievances. While some relationships came to an abrupt end (Cornell University professor Karl Pillemer found that "about 25 percent of the population is living with an active estrangement"—the equivalent of almost 70 million people in the US), my suspicion is that many of those traveling to see loved ones are about to endure a tricky holiday season together.

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Omicron brings fresh concern for US mental health after ‘grim two years’

Sarah Isaacs, a therapist in Raleigh, North Carolina, sees mostly clients between the ages of 22 and 30, many of whom missed out on the usual dating and networking because of the Covid pandemic.

“They literally haven’t been able to do anything for two years,” said Isaacs, who specializes in working with people with eating disorders and people who identify as LGBTQ+.

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