Tuesdays, March 9-23, 7-8 p.m., via Zoom

The pandemic has impacted many aspects of our lives and taken a toll on our mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing.  Now, more than ever, it is crucial to take time to focus on our mental health.  Through this three-part series, guest speakers will talk about the challenges of sadness, grief, depression, and feeling emotionally exhausted.  They will give us helpful tips and tricks to practice self-care and resilience for whatever lies ahead.


  • March 9: “I’m Doing Ok, But Why Do I Feel So Sad?” by Rabbi Lynn Liberman, BCC and Tara Burns, MA
    The ongoing pandemic is a journey filled with feelings of loss and hesitancy, and a sense of strangeness in once-familiar places.  These are signs of grief.  We will talk about the challenges that grief places on us as we strive to stay healthy and connected with others.
  • March 16: “I Am My Brother/Sister’s Keeper: How to Recognize Depression, and Help Ourselves and Others” by Michael Borowiak, MSW, LICSW with Traverse Counseling and Consulting
    We will discuss the difference between depression and sadness, how depression presents itself at all stages of life, how to help yourself, and when to seek professional help.
  • March 23: “Self-Care and Recharge” by Tara Giese, MSW, LISW with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
    Discover practical ways to recharge yourself and build resilience.  We will talk about how to care for ourselves, and the importance of incorporating self-care into our daily lives. 

To promote the health and wellbeing of our community, this series is a collaboration between Easter Lutheran, Shepherd of the Valley, the Saint Paul Area Synod, and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. Click the link below to register to receive the Zoom details. Please log on to Zoom 10 minutes early to admit participants and start on time.