In response to the collective toll the global pandemic and the trauma of the Artsakh War has taken on Armenians everywhere, a virtual summit on the psycho-social dynamics of these transformative crises was organized by AGBU in conjunction with the American University of Armenia (AUA) and the Armenian Mental Health Initiative (AMHI). The two-part virtual event was hosted by the AGBU Armenian Virtual College (AVC), enabling a diverse panel of experts to connect with an audience of over 200 participants across 26 countries.
Each day’s program was divided into multiple segments that explored different dimensions of coping with crisis—from social media overload and news misinformation, activism burnout, unresolved traumas triggered from previous tragedies in Armenian history, and second-hand wounds from relentless reports with disturbing news and imagery from the homeland. Every session featured a panel of authorities in relevant fields, from licensed mental health professionals and researchers to educators and media specialists. They not only analyzed the issues at play but also provided practical solutions and words of inspiration, based on their current professional wisdom and experiences, both clinical and personal.
The Summit agenda, video recordings, resources and advice provided by panelists are accessible on The Resilience Summit portal on the AVC platform.