A live Q&A: How to self-care, stay healthy during coronavirus

Stress. Anxiety. Isolation. Economic uncertainty. Welcome to the new normal of the coronavirus pandemic, right? Not so fast. 

There are ways to overcome the turbulence and make sure you’re taking care of yourself, your body and your mind. How do we hold it all together? How do we cope with this fast-changing reality? How do we beat back the isolation and connect in safe ways?

We’ll explore those issues and more on Friday in the next episode of Q Conversations, our live virtual Q&A series. Our conversation is with three LGBTQ experts in mental and physical health – fitness instructor Sitha Lam, therapist and pastor Josh Noblitt and therapist Hanna Rodgers. We’ll also answer your questions. 

Register now for the July 24 episode of Q Conversations. (The event is free but registration is required.)

Can’t make the event on Friday? Register and we’ll share a recording of the conversation that you can replay later.

Host Matt Hennie is the founder of Project Q Atlanta, a media outlet covering LGBTQ issues, and has worked in local journalism for more than 25 years.

Lam (photo center) is originally from Los Angeles but was raised in Atlanta. His family and friends know him for his charisma and high energy. Lam’s love for dance fitness and group training began after college – he attended South Carolina State University – in which he focused on staying fit as a professional dancer. Lam joined dance troupes and organizations to enhance his skills and talents, which cut across hip-hop, jazz, contemporary and other dance styles. He has danced under many notable choreographers, including Jasmine Guy, Fatima Robinson, Aakomon "AJ" Jones, and Rich + Tone Talauega. He is currently an instructor at the Marcus Jewish Community Center, TURN Studio and Interfusion Fitness.

Noblitt (photo left) is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and provides individual, relationship and group psychotherapy. He is a clinical fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a certified sex therapist with the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors & Therapists. His practice focuses on a wide variety of presenting issues, specializing in intimacy/sexual problems, HIV/AIDS, anxiety/depression, anger management, antiracism work and grief recovery. In addition to his psychotherapy practice, Noblitt serves as Associate Pastor and Minister of Social Justice & Pastoral Care at Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Atlanta. He also serves on the City of Atlanta Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board. Noblitt received his master’s and doctoral degrees at Emory.

Rodgers (photo right) is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Decatur. She has a wide variety of experience providing support to children, adolescents and adults in the form of individual, family, and group therapy among multiple practice settings (non-profits, courts, hospitals/healthcare and private practice). She has been working in metro Atlanta since 2012. Rodgers joins with her clients to treat as well as teach individualized coping skills for depression, anxiety, childhood abuse/trauma, stress, chronic medical/health conditions, PTSD, couples concerns/divorce, parenting concerns, infertility, stillbirth/miscarriage, LGBTQ+ concerns, self-esteem, adult ADD/ADHD, communication difficulties and life transitions. 

This event is supported through a grant from Facebook Journalism Project's COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund.