Counselling students look to address COVID-19 mental health fallout

Clinical Services offers low-cost support and training to students who will be on the front lines of the recovery ahead

Counselling students look to address COVID-19 mental health falloutIt was a scream and a hug in the lobby of a vehicle registry in Camrose, Alta., that showed Larissa Brosinsky the power of positive self-talk. It was 2015 and the psychology grad was working with adults living with developmental disabilities – including a woman in her mid-40s who had dreamed for years of learning…

Are you in a leadership slump? Five things to revive yourself

Focus on being honest and ask for help, consider a sabbatical and trust yourself

Are you in a leadership slump? Five things to revive yourselfI bumped into Julie’s father at the grocery store and asked how his daughter’s business was doing. He told me she was going through a rough patch, so I called Julie. The first thing I noticed was Julie’s voice: the excitement was gone, and her energy seemed depleted. She told me about everything that was…

How to help kids cope with back-to-school stress

A helpful guide to easing the transition

How to help kids cope with back-to-school stressKids anxious about heading back to school after a year of pandemic lockdown can best be helped by parents and teachers getting themselves grounded and present, says a University of Alberta education expert. Connecting with how their bodies respond to stress or fear can help adults deal with any stress or trauma children are experiencing,…

Leaders need moral courage now more than ever: Roméo Dallaire

Former UN force commander leading ‘critical conversations’ on mental impact of moral injury

Leaders need moral courage now more than ever: Roméo DallaireThe term “moral injury” is relatively recent in our understanding of trauma. When Canada’s Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire led United Nations peacekeeping troops in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi that took a million lives over 100 days, few Canadians beyond the military were aware of the severe psychological damage witnessing such moral atrocities…

How to improve mental health care

Care becomes more accessible when doctors aren’t the first contact or the key holders to care

How to improve mental health careBy David Zitner and Dominic Covvey Contributors Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston’s recent election campaign emphasized health services, including mental health. Now, federal leaders are also dedicating substantial energy during their election campaigns to discussions of health and mental health. Mistaken beliefs and our incomplete understanding of the nature of mental health problems lead to…

Brain molecule helps ‘wake up’ cells that could help tackle MS: study

Fractalkine molecule showing promise for treating certain neurodegenerative disorders

Brain molecule helps ‘wake up’ cells that could help tackle MS: studyAn immunological molecule called fractalkine can boost the production of brain cells that produce myelin, a key factor in diseases such as multiple sclerosis, according to recent research from the University of Alberta. Myelin is an insulating layer around nerves that is gradually worn away by inflammation in multiple sclerosis and similar diseases. Without this…

Pandemic isolation harder on introverts than extroverts, study suggests

Extroverts find a way to connect whereas introverts are less adept at maintaining their fewer connections

Pandemic isolation harder on introverts than extroverts, study suggestsIn the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many assumed introverts had an advantage over extroverts in surviving isolation because they prefer to be alone. “This couldn’t be a better situation for introverts who have long found the world to be too much with them,” wrote Joanne Kaufman in a New York Times article called “Loving the Lockdown.” Another…

How burned out are you and what can be done about it?

Finding a leader who’s not burnt out by COVID-related uncertainty is like finding a unicorn

How burned out are you and what can be done about it?If you’re in a leadership position and feeling burned out, you’re not alone. It seems weekly leaders tell me they’re fatigued, exhausted or burned out. I’m not surprised. In fact, as we prepare for the seemingly endless next waves of COVID-19, finding a leader who’s not tired of the uncertainty is like finding a unicorn…

What’s the pandemic doing to my young child?

Spoiler alert: everyone’s going to be OK

What’s the pandemic doing to my young child?If you’re the parent or caregiver of a toddler or preschooler, you might be wondering how the past 16 months of relative isolation has affected them. For many kids, the pandemic shut down their opportunities to interact with peers and increased their screen time. It has also disrupted family routines, increased anxiety among many caregivers…

Wave of delayed grief likely as pandemic ebbs, says expert

Easing restrictions will be hard on those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19, says researcher

Wave of delayed grief likely as pandemic ebbs, says expertAs pandemic restrictions have eased in the past few months, many of those who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 are experiencing the pain all over again, University of Alberta researcher Donna Wilson believes. “We are seeing delayed grieving a great deal more because of COVID,” said Wilson, a professor with the U of…
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