Learn How to Cope with Missing Out in Life Interrupted: Moments
Join us for the first installment of HONOLULU’s free virtual webinar series on mental wellness this Thursday, May 28, 1 to 2 p.m.
Over the last week, you probably heard horns honking as caravans of cars filled with students in caps and gowns celebrated together but apart. Or you’ve seen banners posted along the street, car windshields emblazoned to honor various birthdays, reunions, memorialize loves ones lost, all milestones we would have gathered for before COVID-19.
We’ve had to figure out a new way to pile lei on graduates, to safely honor those we love during a pandemic. And it is just the latest moment we lost. In recent months, we’ve celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, reunions, Mother’s Day and other occasions while we’ve been isolated from most of the rest of our community. It’s an emotional loss of once-in-a-lifetime memories. So how can we cope? And how can we support others during this time? We learn some warning signs to watch for and tools and resources for getting through this together.
Launching this Thursday, May 28, 1 to 2 p.m., HONOLULU Magazine in partnership with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Hawai‘i, is proud to present the first installment in Life Interrupted, a free five-week virtual mental wellness series that tackles the emotional challenges the pandemic has created in our lives. Join us for Life Interrupted: Moments, where a curated panel of subject-matter experts will answer crowd-sourced questions, , as well as offer tips, coping strategies and ways to support loved ones while we endure the mental and emotional effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. All sessions will be livestreamed to the public, and those in attendance (RSVP to Life Interrupted: Moments here) are invited to ask their own questions during the session.
Robbie Dingeman is the editor at large of HONOLULU Magazine. The award-winning journalist has 25 years of experience telling the stories of Hawai‘i in daily newspapers, magazines, television and on the web. She co-authored two books and serves as co-artistic director of the semi-annual Gridiron news parody show, which raises money for internships for the Society of Professional Journalists.
Dan Chun has been the senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu since 1994. Dan received his M.A. from University of Southern California in Cinema Production from the School of Performing Arts, M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a B.S. in Communications from Lewis and Clark College. He and wife Pam have three children (Noelle, Dylan, and Quinn) and two dogs (Max and Molly). Dan and Pam founded Hawaiian Islands Ministries in 1983 with the vision of catalyzing Christian renewal and revival in Hawai‘i through a trans-denominational, cross-generational equipping ministry for Christian churches and leaders in Hawai‘i.
Mestisa Gass is the program director for Mental Health America of Hawai‘i. She is a member of the Mental Health Task Force, the statewide and O‘ahu Suicide Prevention Task Forces, and a board member for the Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse.
Robin Miyamoto is a clinical psychologist who earned her doctoral degree from Argosy University, and completed her clinical training at Tripler Army Medical Center with a specialty in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine. For the past 20 years, she has been active in promoting training opportunities in primary care psychology, particularly in rural and underserved communities within the state of Hawai‘i. Her areas of interest include diabetes, renal disease and cancer. She is a past president of the Hawai’i Psychological Association and faculty at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine with the Departments of Native Hawaiian Health and Family Medicine and Community Health.