Almost Half Of ICU Staff Experience Mental Health Conditions Due to Pandemic

Resilience Gives Students an Edge in Rural African Universities

Students in rural African universities typically experience several challenges to do with poor infrastructure and a poor education foundation.

Access to quality infrastructure is obviously desirable for all students. But their resilience should also be encouraged in their pursuit of academic success.

As a way to deal with learning challenges, some scholars have suggested decolonisation of the curriculum. This implies replacing colonial content and practices with indigenous ones.

Other scholars have suggested that other factors should be considered as part of the solution. Some of these factors include personal, family based, social, and institutional factors.

And even though resilience ordinarily is driven by a good support system (such as internet facilities), I found that good self-image, positive attitude and the ability to create realistic plans characterised resilience for students

I conducted research in two African countries to identify the common learning challenges that rural university students and their lecturers experienced – and what they did to meet those challenges. The students in my study took steps like using their home language as a medium of instruction, using their personal internet data, using the internet for self-education, peer teaching, and finding venues other than lecture halls for learning…

Almost Half Of ICU Staff Experience Mental Health Conditions Due to Pandemic

Nearly half of staff working in the intensive care unit during COVID-19 show signs of mental health conditions. A study from Imperial College London found that 48 percent of healthcare staff showed signs of depression, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“The study identified stark statistics. The proportion of staff who screened positive were 16-49% for depression, 60-86% for insomnia and 17-35% for post-traumatic stress disorder,” Dr Ahmed Ezzat, lead author of the study and Honorary Clinical Fellow at Imperial College London told Theravive.

“The study also shows female gender, advancing age and staff who are not based in intense care normally, were more vulnerable.”

The researchers also found those who spent more than six hours in personal protective equipment in a day had a 40 percent increase in mental conditions compared with their peers who didn’t. The study is the first of its kind to evaluate the mental health of ICU healthcare staff during the COVID-19 pandemic…

4 Spiritual Truths Proven by Science to Build Resilience

COVID-19 has not just strained many people’s resilience and personal faith, pushing many to their limits. One of the ways research has found that the church is a powerful source of resilience is through community. Yet, because of COVID-19, when we’ve needed community the most, it’s been more difficult to experience.

In another study after Hurricane Katrina, we found that people who demonstrated high levels of “spiritual surrender” tended to recover better.

This has not only taken a toll on people’s mental health, but also spiritual health. Here are some spiritual truths that are important to remember according to Scripture and science for cultivating resilience as we continue to navigate COVID-19 adversity…

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