WASHINGTON (ABC7) — On Tuesday night, WJLA broadcasted a live virtual town hall addressing affairs of race relations with a focus on faith and mental health issues.
ABC7 News anchors Jonathan Elias and Michelle Marsh moderated the one-hour virtual panel discussion with religious leaders and mental health experts from the Washington, D.C. region.
The discussion centered around the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide protests and calls for justice, and how those have impacted our mental health in terms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Our panelists discussed how to move forward in a better direction together and provided resources for help.ADVERTISING
Panelists and special guests who appeared:
- Pastor Keith Battle, Senior Pastor at Zion Church
- Rizwan Jaka, Chair of the Board of ADAMS
- Rabbi Bruce Lustig, Senior Rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation
- Kiran Kaur Gill, SALDEF Executive Director
- Dr. Bergina Isbell, Psychiatrist & Founder of Led Life Psychiatry
- Dr. Eric De Jonge, Chief of Geriatrics at Capital Caring Health
You can watch our first Racial Divide: Time For Change Town Hall, which aired on June 9, HERE.
Take a look below at the topics that were discussed:
FIRST HALF OF THE TOWN HALL: STRESS, ANXIETY, AND DEPRESSION RELATED TO COVID-19 AND THE ROLE OF FAITH LEADERS
Faith leaders discuss what they’re hearing from their congregation in terms of stress, anxiety, and depression related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the toll is taking on people and affecting their ability to return to church.