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Families and Caregivers (passed)

Families and Caregivers

Caregiving can impose immense financial, social, emotional, and occupational challenges to many Americans.  More than ten percent of working Americans spend an average of fifteen hours per week assisting in the care of a loved ones.  This virtual event will focus on helping organizations and employers better understand the impact of caregiving on mental health.  Panelists will also discuss best practices and practical advice on how employers can design and implement more effective workplace policies to support their employees.

Helena Mirzoyan M.P.H.

Helena Mirzoyan works in the Office of Population Health and Ambulatory Care Operations at NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public health system in the US. She volunteers for Families for Depression Awareness by participating in the Family Caregiver Advisory Panel. Helena obtained her Masters in Public Health from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth / Geisel School of Medicine.

Nancy Sharby

Nancy Sharby PT, DPT, MS is a physical therapist who specializes in the psychosocial aspects of health care and social justice issues. She taught at Northeastern University, Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Science for 25 years, and is now retired.  She has consulted, published and made numerous presentations on these topics, as well as issues surrounding mental health care.  Her work has been cited internationally.

Nancy is also the parent of three adult children, two of whom have Bipolar Disorder. Her success as a full-time employee and caregiver was facilitated by strong employer support.  She is also a member of NAMI and a facilitator for a Family and Friends support group supported by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).  She continues to advocate for the needs of people with mental illness and their loved ones.

Susan Weinstein J.D.

Susan Weinstein, JD, Co-Executive Director, Programs and Operations, has been primarily responsible for programs and finances at Families for Depression Awareness since 2012. Susan was diagnosed with depression in her teens and has drawn from her personal experiences to inform FFDA’s curriculum. A licensed attorney, she has worked in nonprofits and local government throughout her career, generally in a non-legal capacity. She holds several volunteer positions, including serving on the Executive Committee and as Governance Committee Chair of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention and holding a variety of elected and appointed seats in her town government since 1992. A native of South Florida, Susan is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Boston University School of Law.

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