Ask the Expert: Maintaining Hope During the Coronavirus, March 31 – April 3 Did you know hopelessness is the key predictor of suicide? That it is a primary symptom of depression? That hopelessness is the feeling of despair, and helplessness, and we are all particularly susceptible during major life events? And yes, coronavirus is a major life event. Do you want the good news? There is strong research that hope is a skill that anyone can learn. And as we increase our levels of hope, we decrease our likelihood of anxiety and depression in the future. So during times like these, it is critical we all learn and practice these skills. Kathryn Goetzke is the Founder of the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred), and just wrote a book about Hope. It is her personal story from extreme hopelessness (suicide attempt, addiction, ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating disorder, and more) to hope, and the research from experts in the field. It is the ‘what’, why, and how of hope, and how it led her to create Hopeful Minds, a program that is free and being taught to kids around the world (yes, you can teach your kids at home too). She is joining us this week to answer questions any questions you may have about hope, and how you can apply hope in your life. Her book is available on Amazon, and she is making it free to our community. Simply download here and enter the discount code HopeIsFree at checkout. We encourage you to post your questions or share your strategies, struggles, and experiences below. Please understand if Kathryn is unable to get to your question due to time or topic constraints. Thanks in advance for your participation! This content is for general informational purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of any organization or individual. The content should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment. Please consult your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Just downloaded the book and cannot wait to read it. Thank you so much for sharing this!