Poster of New Mental Health Project

Mental Health in Times of COVID-19

We are happy to announce that we have designed a series in collaboration with Humans for Humans.

The corona virus and overflow of news and information has brought about a lot of panic and anxiety for many. The necessary lockdown also comes with many emotional challenges including but not limited to isolation, homesickness, loneliness and depression. Uncertainty is on the rise, as many people have temporarily or permanently lost their jobs.  These, coupled with the inability to secure a new job, or feel integrated in the community can lead to feelings of depression, shrinking, being trapped and a negative shift in our identities which reduces self esteem.

Based on our discussions and surveys of our community members, we find that many have experienced a form of depression, loneliness, negative thoughts about self and/or anxiety. And despite how widespread these challenges are, many people do not have the tools to mitigate them or people to talk to.

So, with this project, we would like to address some of the socio-economic, psychological and emotional challenges we are all facing. We also want to build a supportive community where people can share and meet others who can help them thrive in these times. Particularly, we seek to learn from licensed therapists about available tools, techniques or resources we can activate to protect and defend our mental health in this time of crisis and increased isolation.

We are not alone in our struggles, and by bringing people together, we hope to find a healthy and sustainable solution for people who face challenges. By connecting through this project, people will feel less isolated and join a supportive community. The first step to healing is by reaching out or seeking help.

Each session will cover a topic relevant to what people are experiencing due to the corona pandemic. Join us for these free events where you will find warm and supportive community.

The first series will launch on April 13, 2020. Stay tuned for more information.

Chisom Udeze

Founder of Diversify, Diversify Consult, HerSpace & The Annual

Chisom is an Economist, a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Strategist, and a 3 times founder of impact driven companies. She has over 14 years of experience working with organizations like the European Commission, The United Nations, ExxonMobil and The Economist Group. Chisom is analytical and a data enthusiast. She is passionate about interrogating the cross-sectoral relationship between society’s inhabitants, resources, production, technology, distribution and output. She efficiently and effectively unlocks complex systems, interprets data, forecasts socio-economic trends and conducts research.

Having lived and worked in 7 countries across 3 continents, she is highly adaptable to different circumstances and people, and thrives in uncertain environments.

As the founder of Diversify and Diversify Consult, Chisom and her team work with companies, institutions, governments and civil society to develop sustainable DEIB strategies and embed measurable diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace and society. In addition, in 2022, Diversify launched the Diversify Nordics Summit, the largest conference in the Nordics that gathers cross-sectoral stakeholders to amplify DEIB in the Nordics and beyond.

In 2020, she founded HerSpace, a diverse and inclusive co-creation community for all genders, with particular focus on women and non-binary people. In 2022, HerSpace launched HerTech, Women in Tech incubator, for women-led companies, with a focus on the inclusion of diverse founders. 

Chisom is a thought-leader in DEIB and a passionate advocate for mental health and wellness. She writes often on DEIB and justice related topics, some of her work is published on Forbes.

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