March 3, 2021

Healthy Boiler workshop to look at how best to help children’s mental health during pandemic

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“How to Help the Pandemic Generation Thrive” is the topic of an upcoming virtual Healthy Boiler workshop, courtesy of Care@Work by Care.com. The workshop supports the behavioral health and work-life integration pillars of the Healthy Boiler Program and will take place from noon to 1 p.m. ET on March 17.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children and young people can be directly and indirectly affected by COVID-19. In addition to the physical ailments if they become sick, many young people’s social, emotional and mental well-being has been affected by the pandemic.

The “How to Help the Pandemic Generation Thrive” workshop looks at how adults can best support their children during this time. Led by Michele Borba, internationally recognized educator, speaker and bestselling author of 24 books, the workshop will teach attendees practical, evidence-based and proven ways to reach kids and help them overcome adversity, to be more resilient and learn skills they will need both now and in the future to thrive.

“Many Purdue employees are caregivers and the last year has been difficult for us all, including the kids in our lives,” says Candace Shaffer, senior director of benefits in Human Resources. “Through our partnership with Care.com we are able to provide this much-needed resource and hope the Purdue community will find it helpful for their families in some capacity.”

Those interested in attending should register by March 16 via the Healthy Boiler Portal. The registration link can be found under the “Engage” tab, “Wellness Events” on the portal’s homepage. Healthy Boiler workshops are free to all benefits-eligible faculty and staff and dependents covered on a Purdue medical plan.

Additional resources are available for parents and caregivers to use via the CDC’s online COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit.


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