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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondHello, I'm Gareth. I'm one of the educators on this Maudsley and Tavistock Future Learn course, and along with Sean, Chris and Carolyn, the other educators. I want to welcome you to week two. Hello. First of all, thank you so much for your thoughtful participation in week one. We were really taken aback reading through the comments, by your level of sensitivity and insight. This week going to hear more from our characters Susan, Carol and Kevin and from our expert speakers. And we hope that you continue to feel able to share your own experiences. I'm currently on lockdown in London and one of the things I miss most the moment just seeing friends, family and colleagues.

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 secondsSo we hope you see this not as a place to come for the video on article content, but as a place to share and listen to one another as we go through what is a very strange and difficult time. Hope you get something from week too and we'll see you again in week three. Take care.

Welcome to Week 2!

A big welcome back from Maudsley Learning at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

This week we will explore how we might start navigating through the coming weeks and months, and what psychological concepts from research and clinical practice can help us in this endeavor.


It’s clear from your contributions in Week 1 that as learners you are enriching the experience of the course for one another.

  • Many of you commented sensitively about Kevin’s dilemma as a mental health service user.

  • Your insightful comments raised the question of who else aside from Carol and other health workers should be thought of as “the frontline”.

  • You shared how Susan’s dilemmas in transitioning to an online world resonated with your own.

  • Insightful comments from learners in a range of countries highlighted differing approaches to the pandemic, and which groups of individuals are vulnerable in different parts of the world.

Please continue to comment and raise questions. If something strikes you as interesting or resonates with you, feel free to pose a question to other learners. We have the opportunity this week not only to learn from the content, but to reflect on one another’s comments and build a discussion around coping with the psychological impact of COVID-19.

As always, please also look after yourselves as you go through the course. Once again, a range of further resources for support can be found in the final step of Week 2.

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COVID-19: Psychological Impact, Wellbeing and Mental Health

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