One of the most positive movements of the past decade has been the normalization of mental health, helping to discourage the negative stigmas that have been associated with people who suffer from these disorders.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people are affected by depression and close to 800,000 people die due to suicide each year. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15 to 29 year olds.1

Patients with neurologic disorders are no different. Many disorders of the central nervous system can take a toll on mental health, increasing risk of depression, anxiety, and other troubling conditions that only add to the list of comorbidities and symptoms that impact how patients live their lives. Unfortunately many treatments for these disorders can also increase risk of these symptoms, often forcing patients to deal with these troubling side effects in exchange for more control over their neurological disease. 

The good news is that now, the importance of mental health and overall wellness is becoming a central focus as part of patient care, and many providers and facilities now offer access to resources including complementary care from a multidisciplinary team of health care providers. 

On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, join NeurologyLive for a tweet chat on mental health in neurology cohosted by the Women Neurologist Group. Together, @Neurology_Live and @WNGtweets will discuss pressing topics surrounding mental health, including utilizing available resources during the COVID-19 pandemic and how to address mental health issues effectively from a clinician perspective.

The questions that will be addressed in the tweet chat are:
  1. Which mental health issues do you encounter frequently in your neurologic practice?
  2. Have you seen more frequent or worsening mental health problems in your patients with neurological disorders such as anxiety or depression since the COVID-19 pandemic? 
  3. Which resources do you recommend to your patients to address mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic? 
  4. Do you have access to a multidisciplinary team including psychologists or social workers to address mental health issues effectively? What are your challenges in care coordination? 
  5. Are you aware of mental health and wellness services for physicians at your institution or otherwise? Which resources would you like access to?

The tweet chat will begin promptly on July 29, 2020 at 7PM EDT. Look out for the banner below indicating the chat is about to start. Questions will be posted by @Neurology_Live and retweeted by @WNGtweets. To participate in the conversation, be sure to include the #mindmoments hashtag in your tweets to ensure that your responses appear in the tweet chat feed.



Ahead of the chat, be sure to follow the NeurologyLive and Women Neurologists Group Twitter accounts so that you don’t miss any of the conversation:
@neurology_live
@WNGtweets
REFERENCE
Depression. World Health Organization. who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression. Published January 30, 2020. Accessed July 23, 2020.