A spokesperson said, “Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce and Bermuda College are very pleased to announce the second presentation of their Eco Lunch & Learn series for the fall session. The November 17th presentation will feature Latisha Lister-Burgess, Executive Director of the Employee Assistance Programme, who will share ways for managing stress and anxiety.
“In these stressful times, it is easy to get overwhelmed by stress and anxiety. We are often diligent about taking care of our physical health in times of stress but neglect our mental health. This presentation will discuss ways to prepare a mental health plan for managing stress and anxiety and will cover self-care strategies, coping skills and local resources for help.
“Latisha Lister-Burgess joined the Employee Assistance Programme in 2012, becoming its Executive Director in August 2018. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree [Honours] in Family Relations from the University of Guelph and a Master of Family Therapy Degree from Drexel University. She is a Certified Family Therapist and is credentialed as a Clinical Fellow through the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently the only Certified Employee Assistance Professional [CEAP] in Bermuda, having received this certification in 2015.
“Throughout her training, Latisha has gained experience working with children, youth, adults, couples and parents in a variety of environments, including community mental health programmes, inpatient psychiatric units and residential settings.”
Amy Harvey, the Earth and Environmental Science lecturer at the Bermuda College, said, “A mental health wellness plan is imperative and should just be part of your daily self-care habits. The pandemic created a low grade depression in many people as you constantly had to make risk assessments of what was safe to do and with whom. It put pressure on friends and family as in many cases there were very different opinions on approaching the risks. Our cortisol levels were constantly peaked.
“I suffered from languishing where I just felt like I could not feel joy about the normal things that would normally trigger that feeling. I noticed this amongst my students too and have seen an increase in anxiety and depression since the start of Covid. Now those stress triggers are being set off by the fear of impacts of Climate Change especially within the younger generation. Many feel unhopeful as the future seems so bleak. There is a potential that my grandkids may never see a coral reef.
“That breaks my heart as the ocean is my happy place, both on top of it and under it. The thought that future generations will not get to enjoy that is unthinkable. The mental health pandemic is here. We can not ignore this. Please take time in your day to ask yourself, ‘Am I ok?’ Ask others too. You just never know how that simple phrase may help someone who you do not think is struggling and potentially drowning from being overwhelmed.”