Impacts of COVID-19: Strategies for Coping and Maintaining our Resilience in the Presence of a Pandemic

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: online

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the imposition of strict conditions on people’s activities in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. These include the prohibition of large gatherings, and requirements for individuals to practice social distancing and to remain at home, leaving there only for a very limited range of specific reasons.

These conditions have resulted in significant changes for educational institutions and for individual faculty and staff. Course delivery has had to migrate very quickly to an on-line format, staff and faculty members have had to adjust to working from home and to ensuring that components such as content as well as testing and other evaluations take place. At the same time, families with children have had to adjust to the closure of daycares and schools and to juggle work and family responsibilities - all from home.

Coping with these major restrictions and changes in our day-to-day lives poses significant challenges. Along with global economic uncertainty and concerns about our health and that of our loved ones, we are experiencing disruption to our customary routines, loss of many social interactions as well as uncertainty about what the future holds. These disruptions can impact our mental health and cause significant strains on our close relationships. How soon will life return to normal (or the “new normal”) and what will it look like when it does?


This session will explore the multiple impacts of the pandemic and the adjustments that it has forced us to make, as well as suggesting some strategies to help us cope with social distancing, relationship strains and other disruptions to our lives. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the impacts of the pandemic
  • Mental health self-care in a pandemic

  • Easing the strains on our relationships

  • How to cope with “lockdown fatigue” and maintain our resilience


Dr. Mike Condra is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University and a registered psychologist with 30 years experience in:

  • Providing psychological services (counselling and therapy)
  • Clinical supervision

  • Training/teaching/public speaking

  • Consultation and research

He has extensive experience as a presenter/trainer/keynote speaker on a range of topics including Mental Health and Stigma-reduction, Mental Health in the Workplace, Self-Care, Dealing with Crises and Pursuing Optimism and has presented on these topics at national and international conferences.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Doyle or Holly Stringer.



Presenter: To be announced