Dealing with pandemic stress

Published 10:07 am Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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The Lanier Library will offer a free online program, “Harmony in Troubled Times”, with mental health expert and Tryon resident Virgil Stucker, Thursday, June 11 at noon. The interactive program will be streamed live on the library’s Facebook page giving viewers the opportunity to type questions for Mr. Stucker to address.

“Nearly half of the American population reports that the coronavirus pandemic is harming their mental health, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll,” says Lanier Library Executive Director Jenny Purtill. “There has been an enormous jump in demand for mental health support across the country and we have an expert right here in Tryon, who has generously offered to share his expertise with us.”

Stucker has a 30-year career focused on the healing power of community, creativity, and philanthropy, and was the founding Executive Director of CooperRiis, a residential healing community and progressive transitional living program in Mill Spring for adults struggling with mental health challenges. He is President of Virgil Stucker and Associates, and has recently published a book, A Family Guide to Mental Health Recovery: What You Need to Know From Day One with daughter Stephanie McMahon that the New York Times calls “a warmly written, deeply informed guide for families in crisis, by true experts with a lifetime of experience.”

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Disruption, isolation and anxiety are hallmarks of the crisis within which we currently live. “Harmony in Troubled Times” hopes to offer support and answer questions to help you and those you care about. Join the discussion on Thursday June 11 at noon by clicking on the Lanier Library Facebook page.


Submitted by Clare O’Sheel