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IIFX COVID Risk Playbook - Youth and Mental Health During COVID-19 – Getting Back on Track

March 11, 2021 Ross W. Halliday and Christopher J. Kinnan Season 2 Episode 1
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IIFX COVID Risk Playbook - Youth and Mental Health During COVID-19 – Getting Back on Track
Show Notes


One year ago this week, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.   Dr. Til Jolly, Aveshka’s Chief Medical Officer and IIFX Distinguished Fellow, touches base with Dr. Molly O’Shea, Pediatrician, Parent Coach, Writer, and Speaker ( to examine how youth mental health has fared under year one of the pandemic. Dr. O’Shea emphasizes for parents, coaches, school leaders, or anyone that works with children, the criticality of addressing youth mental health issues and encouraging those that need help to get it. She also discusses how a safe return to sports and activities are a crucial step to getting our youth’s mental and physical welfare back on track.


PRODUCER'S NOTE:  Today is 11 March 2021, exactly one year to the day that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 virus as a pandemic.  As of this posting, there are more than 118 million people who have tested positive for the virus and more than 2.6 million deaths worldwide; a horrendous toll.  There is hope the pandemic will pass into history next year as the rapid development and distribution of multiple vaccines signals the advent of herd immunity.  While the world will never be free of COVID-19, the likelihood of it becoming something seasonal, like the flu, may make it manageable.  One thing we know from our collective experience during the pandemic is that we are all still learning more about COVID-19.  So IIFX, Aveshka, and the IIFX Medical Task Force will continue to bring you up to date information about COVID-19 and other public health and safety hazards.

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The Innovation Institute for Fan Experience (IIFX) was founded in 2020. IIFX’s vision is to be the leading and most trusted global authority on providing exceptional, memory-making fan experiences for the sports and entertainment industry. The Institute focuses on the fan journey and creating the ideal fan experience for its member organizations, one that results in increased revenue, sustainable growth, operational efficiency, a diversified workforce, new and repeat attendance, and maximized health, safety, and security through best practices, innovative technology solutions, and high-quality services. IIFX produces content and events and facilitates dialogue and collaboration around its core areas of expertise.