Neuroscientist, Yale Professor & Mental Health Advocate
While growing up, Dr. Nii Addy knew one thing for sure: He was never going to choose his father’s profession of psychiatry. Fortunately for all of us, he changed his mind. Dr. Addy did, indeed, choose a similar path as his dad. And today, he is an influential neuroscientist and mental health advocate at one of the nation’s premier universities. Read More >
STEM Interview | The Veritas Forum
How Do We Express Anxiety in Healthy Ways
Complexities of Mental Illness
Although discrimination is a commonly understood symptom of racism, racism can also affect mental health through deeply embedded disparate policies and beliefs. Dr. Nii Addy maps out the tragic effects of systemic racism that disproportionately affect the health of racial and ethnic minority groups, and how we can find the courage to address these wrongs and initiate change.
One of the truly difficult parts of the COVID-19 pandemic is the increasing blur between work life and home life. Many of us are struggling to find anything resembling balance. The uncertainty surrounding the future makes finding that balance even more challenging and more important. Dr. Nii Addy will lead your audience through a discussion of the ways to achieve the elusive goal of work/life balance.
With race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status and so many other aspects of identity, how do we put inclusion into practice in the classroom? How do we foster a sense of belonging where we value, support, and respect all students? In this keynote, Dr. Nii Addy illustrates how we can work towards equity, inclusivity and belonging to create more educational opportunities for people who have historically remained underserved and underrepresented.
Is it possible to achieve life satisfaction and emotional wellbeing, especially after 2020? How do we deal with lockdowns and isolation, so many lives lost, ongoing racial injustices, political tensions and riots, financial stressors and unemployment, and emotional challenges? Bringing insights from his podcast, The Addy Hour, Yale professor, researcher, and mental health advocate Dr. Nii Addy dives into topics that many of us are thinking about, but very few are talking about.
When it comes to mental health, there is no one-size-fits-all fix. There are many tools that can be utilized in addition to therapy and medication. In this faith-focused talk, Dr. Nii Addy shares the physical, spiritual and mental health benefits of meditation and prayer and the positive impact they have on one’s sense of well-being. Taking the time to pause, breathe and reflect can change your perspective. And knowing something outside of us can also intervene in our lives is powerful, too. It is possible to get to a place of healing, Dr. Addy says, when we utilize all understanding and the tools that God has allowed us to develop to address our mental health challenges.
"Thank you so much for the wonderful session you gifted our membership with. Amazing information shared and great conversation by all involved. Dr. Addy was gentle, knowledgeable, and generous with his openness and feedback. I appreciated the space created for this conversation. Very well presented! An excellent reminder of the importance of working with students in a holistic way and holding space for students to bring in their faith, culture, and diverse identities when supporting students' mental health."
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