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NewsNight Conversations: Speaking Up | Housing

An in-depth discussion of Central Florida's affordable housing crisis and the added pressure on families caused by the pandemic. Watch more on #NewsNight on WUCF, Friday nights at 8:30.

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Past Conversations

Mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Experts and journalists examine the mental health fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tackling the coronavirus outbreak in Central Florida

Interviews with local leaders and experts on the coronavirus in Central Florida

A Question of Race: Answers for Kids

Experts discuss how to talk to children about racism and current events.

Beyond the Conversation

The impact of the pandemic on mental health

NewsNight's Steve Mort speaks with Dr. Todd Husty, Seminole County Medical Director; Danielle Prieur, WMFE Reporter; and Marni Stahlman, President/CEO of The Mental Health Association of Central Florida, about the impact the pandemic has had on the mental health in our community from a variety of perspectives.

Unemployment & health concerns contributing to mental health issues

Dr. Deborah Beidel, Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education at UCF and the Executive Director of UCF RESTORES, speaks with NewsNight's Steve Mort about how specific hardships connected to the pandemic, such as unemployment and health concerns, can present trauma-like mental health issues akin to PTSD.

Pandemic's impact on youth mental health

From pre-school to grad school, discussing the struggles youth have faced from the pandemic, social issues, and racial inequities that have been at the forefront in the last year. NewsNight's Steve Mort speaks with Wilkine Brutus, WLRN in South Florida Reporter, and Cassandra Palmer, Seminole County Public Schools Counselor.