Along with the physical dangers of being on campus during a global pandemic, University leaders are concerned about the effects on students’ and community members’ mental health. In an effort to expand COVID-19 assistance to include mental health support and resources, Notre Dame has recently launched a fifth HERE value –– emotional support and well-being.Vice president of the University graduate school, Laura Carlson, is leading the newly created emotional support and well-being group. Their goal, Carlson said, was to alter the HERE campaign to focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health.“One of the initiatives that we undertook was to think about the HERE campaign, which is really an emphasis on physical health and broaden that to include the emotional component,” Carlson said.Jennifer Hames, a professor of psychology who serves on Carlson’s committee, agreed with Carlson and said she believes there are a lot of factors leading to the necessity of this new value.“As a result of the pandemic, as well as the social unrest that’s happening with regard to race relations in our country right now, there’s just so much uncertainty, unpredictability, lack of control and just overall unrest and stress,” Hames said. “It’s one of these situations where it’s to be expected that people are going to be struggling emotionally.”Hames also stressed the importance of students, faculty and staff prioritizing their mental health during these times.“It’s so important to be taking care of our mental health all the time, but especially during times where there is just a chronic and ongoing stressor … It could be COVID-19, it could be the race relations in our country, and all of these things are really intersecting right now causing a lot of extra stress that we’re not used to having on our plates,” Hames said. “And when that’s the case that makes us more vulnerable to falling into more anxiety or more depression or just anything that we may have been experiencing before –– it can be much more easily amplified or intensified.”Carlson explained that one of the new resources being implemented is a database of mental health resources located under the Emotional Support and Well-Being tab on the HERE website.“I think it has over 100 resources now,” Carlson said. “You can type in keywords and it will pull up resources that might be helpful, so if you type in self-care, for example, you’ll get a listing of either articles suggestions tips that are just from a variety of sources, both internal to Notre Dame and external.”Carlson also highlighted the expansion of the COVID-hotline to include 24/7 counseling.“Anybody –– faculty, students, staff –– could call it just to have a conversation with someone 24/7 about something that they’re feeling anxious about, and they will transfer them as needed to a licensed counselor,” Carlson said.In addition to an expanded hotline, Carlson said students in quarantine and isolation are now receiving mental health check-in calls along with physical health check-ins.Senior Grace Dean, who serves as the undergraduate representative for this task force as well as the student government director of health and well-being, said the task force’s job wasn’t necessarily to create more resources, but to find a way to make pre-existing resources more available to students.Dean said she believes McWell is a fantastic mental health resource on campus.“I would urge anybody wanting to either work on self-care or learn more about their own mental health and emotional well-being to either visit McWell or look into some of McWell’s resources on either the HERE website or the McWell website directly because they’re just an invaluable source that we have here,” Dean said.Alan Costello, one of the graduate student representatives in the task force and the healthcare and wellness chair for the graduate student organization, said the increase in mental health-related HERE resources around campus was purposeful.“[The posters] are not these blocks of text, they’re just simple things to keep in mind,” Costello said. “Around Duncan, you should start seeing the single elements that you can just take away very quickly as you’re walking by.”Costello said the goal of the posters and trifolds around campus are not to overwhelm students with information.“I’m a student as well you know, I go to LaFortune, I notice I’m seeing trifolds all the time, and I think a lot of the time, you kind of end up with some like visual clutter,” Costello said. “What I tried to focus on was breaking it down into bullet points and quick takeaways.”Dean said she wanted to stress to her fellow undergraduate students these are difficult times and it is okay to ask for help.“It’s okay to seek help for mental health and there should not be a stigma around that,” Dean said. “Coming back to school is having, obviously both physical consequences with the public health crisis that we’re at, but also mental health implications that we also need to prioritize and work on as a community.”Tags: COVID-19, McWell, Mental health
Following a review of its operational and investment objectives and in reaction to prevailing business environment, Aiteo has restructured its executive management, naming a number of critical appointments and reassignments.In confirming the appointments its Chief Executive and Executive Vice Chairman, Benedict Peters, explained that the organisation had undertaken the exercise driven by the necessity to realign its considerable interests across the various sectors within which it currently operates,“…to make the investment arms of the various businesses more effective; galvanise and enhance collective productivity to demonstrate visibly profitable outcomes for the ultimate benefit of its considerable stakeholders…” Peters further observed that “… the uniqueness of the Group demands that an infusion of important impetus is given the necessary momentum by recognising as well as empowering key positions within the Group and realigning its considerable person-capacity to fit operational demands”, he said.He further stated,“… I am delighted to confirm that we have been able to harmonise such a talented team to deepen and embolden the growth and future of our businesses, direction of which has been predicated on the urge to enhance innovative, new approaches to the beneficiation of resources across the Energy landscape.” Mr Peters further confirmed that “…we have always prided ourselves in housing a strong blend of skills which has been central to the attainment of our investment objectives. These appointments bring together important experiences as well as industry initiative, policy, technical and financing skills. Most importantly, it maximizes the strong energy among the team to provide material impact in sustaining refreshing, creative conviction to our approach to achieving the very lofty goals that we have set for ourselves”.Mr. Chike Onyejekwe, the pioneer Managing Director of Aiteo E & P Limited will be retiring from the company. Mr. Onyejekwe will be replaced as Managing Director by Mr. Victor Okoronkwo. Currently Senior Vice President,Commercial & Gas for Aiteo E & P Limited, Victor brings over 30 years of Oil and Gas experience to this position. Prior to joining Aiteo, he worked in various leadership capacities with the Shell Group in Nigeria and abroad as General Manager.Mr. Emmanuel Ukegbu the Chief Operating Officer of Aiteo E & P Limited will also be retiring from the company. In related moves, Mr. Emmanuel Ogagarue currently General Manager, Assets will become the Director in charge of Asset Development and Engineering.Mr. James Iwoh will become the Director in charge of Production and Operations, from his current position as General Manager, Operations.Mr. Mitchell Uchegbulam the current Chief Financial Officer, becomes Group Head, Planning, Budget and Implementation and will report to the Group Office.Mr. Taiye Eyewuoma, presently General Manager Joint Venture & Project Management becomes Acting Chief Financial Officer, Aiteo E & P Limited.Mrs. Osareme Archibong, current Deputy Chief Financial Officer/ Head Corporate Finance, becomes General Manager, Joint Venture Finance, Aiteo E & P Limited.Mr. Uzoh Anijah–Obi, currently Treasury Manager becomes Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Aiteo E & P Limited. All appointments take immediate effect.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
(Source: Sport Centar) The Chievo team from Verona officially presented yesterday the Bosnian stopper Ervin Zukanović.Our player said at this presentation that it was the right time to change the scenery and explained why he chosen Serie A as his next stop.“I have been playing in Belgium for the last five years, it was time for me to leave that country because I felt I had the need for new challenges. My style of playing suits the Italian Championship. I am an intelligent player, I like to play with the ball, I have a good left leg and that’s it. Serie A is one of the strongest leagues in Europe. I have lots of friends who play in Italy so I know a lot about the league.” – said Zukanović.