On a daily basis we deal with patients and their families during emotionally challenging times; we support them while they deal with anxiety, pain, fear and loss as well as joy and excitement. In addition to this core element of nursing and midwifery practise we find ourselves working in increasingly busy and stressful environments; our patients are sicker, have more co-morbidities go home sooner, have greater social and physical needs and there never appears to be enough people to care for them. These pressures create a potential legacy of problems for us personally, for our colleagues as well as for the patients and families we care for. The experience of increased stress and workplace adversity contributes to increased sickness rates and poor staff retention.
The quad at Wake Forest University in North Carolina once existed to showcase the handsome brick Georgian buildings; the broad lawns were even cordoned off to student traffic. More people are making eye contact and stopping to actually talk to each other.
According to the National College Health Assessment, almost a third of college students said they felt so depressed during the previous year that it was difficult to function, and more than half had experienced overwhelming anxiety. Almost 8 percent seriously considered suicide. Suicide is still the second-leading cause of death among college students, after vehicle accidents.
The University of Pennsylvania, shaken by three suicides in four months this past year, has convened a task force to confront the vexing problem. To nip stress before it leads to bigger problems, a growing number of schools, including New York UniversityHarvardand the University of Missouriare offering training in meditation and mindfulness to quiet the tendency to worry about all sorts of potential catastrophes; after students at Santa Clara University in California took an eight-week meditation class, they reported greater reductions in stress than those who did not take the class.
Schools Offer Gee-Whiz Gyms ] During finals, staff, faculty and alumni of Macalester College in Minnesota bring their pooches to campus for cuddling breaks and camaraderie.
Says senior Kenzie Ellis, a Russian studies major: Besides the prevention efforts, counseling departments are trying innovative approaches to meet the growing demand for their services.
With budgets stretched thin, he notes, students at some colleges have to wait days or weeks to see a counselor. Many schools, including Kennesaw and Wake Forest, have added the option of group therapy to that of private sessions.
The University of Florida offers a seven-week anxiety education class to give students tools for taming their tension.
Schools are also experimenting with technology, using web-based resources to teach students how to cope, for instance. The Duke Endowment is funding a four-year Student Resiliency Project at Duke and several other schools that will investigate ways colleges can foster an ability to bounce back from reversals.
A new study in the Journal of Child and Family Studies shows that children with overinvolved parents were more prone to depressive symptoms. More than a million vets have tapped the GI bill to attend college since Being older, soldiers are less likely to find social support on campus.
At the college research stage, it's possible to find out what resources are offered by talking to admissions officers and checking out school websites. Anyone who has struggled or is taking a psychiatric medication can let the school know without repercussions once accepted — and should, experts say.
Instead of jumping in to take care of everyday issues, Schiffrin says, offer support by, for example, role-playing tricky conversations a student might need to have with a high school teacher, professor or peer: Probe a little about their sleep and nutrition habits.
Both too much and too little sleep are signs of depression. One good step is to seek out a niche from the start where you feel you fit in, perhaps by choosing to live in a learning community or by joining an organization that suits your interests. Charlie Shuford, a sophomore studying music and art at Appalachian State University in North Carolina who has battled depression, keeps symptoms at bay by competing on the cycling team.
A University of Minnesota study showed that students who engaged in vigorous exercise for 20 minutes at least three times a week were less likely to report poor mental health and stress.
Shuford is cautious about loading his schedule, too: At Duke, Gladney started a chapter of the national nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms, aimed at supporting people coping with depression, addiction and self-injury.Whether a particular family is a nuclear family, a stepfamily, a single-parent family, or an empty-nest family, it usually consists of related people who care about each other.
Regardless of type, all families also need to be nurtured and strengthened from time to time.
One of Australia’s leading experts on resilience in young people Andrew Fuller has compiled a list of 10 ways that parents can build resilience in young people. Promote Belonging Resilience is the happy knack of being able to bungy jump through the pitfalls of life.
• promoting confidence and understanding among teachers and other staff, including through training on resilience and emotional wellbeing • raising awareness of resilience and wellbeing among parents through workshops.
A first step in helping children with learning difficulties is for teachers and parents to appreciate the nature of these problems, help children understand their unique learning strengths and weaknesses, and make appropriate accommodations in their school programs.
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