Coping with COVID: Pearls’ event to focus on mental health of women, children

Published 9:15 am Thursday, February 24, 2022

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Pearls of Empowerment is a women’s giving circle open to all women in the county who wish to improve the lives of women and children.
With this goal in mind, the Pearls of Empowerment Education Committee is hosting “Coping Through Covid,” a program concerning mental health with a focus on children, teens, and the family.
Dealing with Covid has been a daily part of lives for almost two years. “Although we have come a long way since the early stages of uncertainty, lockdowns, quarantines and general disruption of our normal lives, the effects of Covid remain ever present,” said Jane Simpson, president and CEO of the Davie Community Foundation and a Pearls member. “Of particular concern, is the effect of the pandemic on children, their parents and caregivers.”
The “Coping Through Covid” program will be presented by Drs. Linda Nicolotti and Sebastian Kaplan. Nicolotti is with the Department of Pediatrics Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, where she is Section Head of Pediatric Psychology and Behavioral Health. She is also director of the Pediatric Medical Coping Clinic. She will focus on the effects of Covid on children.
Kaplan is associate professor at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. He is with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and the Department of Family and Community. He will discuss the effects of Covid on parents and caregivers.
This presentation is open to the public and will be held at the Davie County Public Library on Thursday, March 17 from 6-7:15 p.m. For those who cannot or prefer not to attend in person, there will be a virtual Zoom link. There is no cost but registration is required. Register at or by calling 336-753-6903.
“Please join Pearls of Empowerment for this important program as they bring valuable information to the community on ‘Coping Through Covid,” she said.
Davie Community Foundation sponsors Pearls of Empowerment, giving women the opportunity to learn more about community needs and pool resources to make grants that improve the lives of women and children in Davie County.
Pearls give of their time, talent and treasure in diverse ways, making each member a unique “Pearl.” They seek to give back to the community, to continue learning and growing so thattheir lives reflect a true “luster” as part of a lovely strand of pearls.
“This presentation offers the community just that, an opportunity to learn and grow,” Simpson said.
To learn more about the foundation, contact Jane Simpson at (336) 753-6903 or or visit