Pandemic Trauma

Why have some people thrived while others struggled during the pandemic? How do containment strategies like repetitive lockdowns and physical distancing affect the mind? As mental health cases reach all-time records worldwide, today we discuss pandemic trauma.

Joining us are Melissa Monte, mindset mentor and host of the popular podcast Mind Love, ranked #1 on Forbes’ Podcasts for Your Life and Career, Professor Andrea Danese, clinical scientist expert in childhood trauma and trauma-related psychopathology at Kings College Research Facilities, and Zahra Sheikh, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Pictet Asset Management. This discussion is moderated by Isabelle von Ribbentrop, Global Head of Branding, Advertising and Sponsoring at the Pictet Group.


Appearing in this episode

Melissa Monte is a speaker, mindset mentor and host of the popular podcast Mind Love, the #1 ranked mental health podcast in 27 countries. As an entrepreneur and former VP of Marketing, Melissa applied her strategic mindset to achieve explosive growth. She’s now spent the last 16 years exploring methods of improving the human condition. With over two million listeners worldwide, her show was named the #1 Podcast for Your Life and Career by Forbes. Harper’s Bazaar called it a “must listen.”

Professor Andrea Danese clinical scientist expert in childhood trauma and trauma-related psychopathology across the life-course. His team’s research has lead to highly cited publications on the measurement of childhood trauma. After training at the University of Pavia School of Medicine, the Institute of Psychiatry King’s College London, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Prof Danese joined the Faculty at the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Zahra Sheikh joined Pictet Asset Management in London in 2016 and is Head of D&I for Pictet Asset Management. Zahra began her career in financial services as a consultant at Accenture’s Capital Markets practice in Toronto and New York and then moved to London where she joined the COO Office of Global Banking and Markets at HSBC. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Ivey Business School in Canada.

Isabelle von Ribbentrop is Head of London Communications and Global Head of Branding, Advertising & Sponsoring. Her overall responsibilities include advertising, branding and corporate identity, film and photography, events advisory and strategic philanthropy, Isabelle has been instrumental in the development of the Prix Pictet photography award, which since creation in 2008 has become one of the world's most important arts prizes. She holds a BA Hons in History, Politics and Philosophy from the Humboldt University, Berlin and an MA in Imperial and Commonwealth History from King's College, London.


‘Mind Love Podcast’, Melissa Monte, 2021

'The Yellow Wallpaper’, Charlotte Perkins Gillman. 1892

‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’, Robert Burton, 1621

‘The Sleeping Beauties’, Suzanne O’Sullivan, The Guardian, 2021

‘Mental health experts team up with young people to help their peers keep cool during the pandemic’, King’s College London, 2021

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