A new lawsuit against Yale University comes amid increased scrutiny of higher-ed policies for leaves of absence. .

Background Due to pre-existing difficulties, refugees are especially susceptible to the negative effects of the pandemic; nonetheless, the pandemic’s effect on this group is still unclear. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of Palestine refugees in Gaza by identifying the role of social determinants. During the pandemic, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) enacted a number of policies and measures. The purpose of this research was to assess their efficacy and acceptability. Methods This qualitative study took place between August and November 2020. Twenty-nine key-informant interviews were conducted remotely with UNRWA Headquarters, field and clinical staff in Gaza and with community members, aged ≥18 years and residing in Rafah and Jabalia camps. We sought informed consent verbally or via email. Data was coded based on the framework for social determinants of mental health. Results Interview results indicated that the relationship might be unidirectional, with COVID-19 causing the degradation of living conditions and vice versa, with living conditions exacerbating the COVID-19 situation by facilitating virus transmission. In other instances, the association between mental health determinants and COVID-19 might be bidirectional. In terms of experiencing violence and anxieties, women, children, and daily-paid employees were significantly more disadvantaged than other groups in the community. UNRWA modified its service delivery techniques in order to continue providing essential services. In general, UNRWA’s strategies throughout the pandemic were deemed beneficial, but insufficient to meet the needs of Gazans. Conclusion The pandemic highlights the need to go beyond disease treatment and prevention to address social determinants to improve refugees’ health and reduce their susceptibility to future shocks. UNRWA has rapidly implemented telemedicine and mental telehealth services, making it imperative to assess the efficacy of these novel approaches to provide care at a distance. A long-term option may be to employ a hybrid strategy, which combines online and in-person therapy.These area headlines are curated by KPR news staffers, including J. Schafer, Laura Lorson, Kaye McIntyre, and Tom Parkinson. Our headlines are generally posted by 10 am weekdays, 11 am weekends. This news summary is made possible by KPR listener-members. Become one today. And follow KPR News on Twitter. Nurses cite understaffing, low wages, inadequate benefits.

Survey: College students reflect on mental health and campus help

While the pandemic has taken a serious toll on students, few have stayed in a dark place the entire time, and the present time period is rated by the greatest percentage of students as the best one in terms of mental health. Students should not wait until they are on campus to begin thinking about how to protect their emotional well-being, experts say.Rachel Welshans grew up in Bisbee, a small town in southern Arizona with a long history of mining. When Welshans decided to pursue her bachelor’s degree, she decided she wanted to learn about something she was passionate about — history.

. Colleges are struggling to meet the surging demand for mental health services on campus, and some schools are wrestling with how much care they owe students. The diet app Noom says it uses psychology to address root causes of weight gain. Users suffering from psychological problems seemed to expect therapy.

Luxury travel is booming. And it’s exposing a human resources crisis, something familiar across many industries but especially problematic in a segment where the front-line workers are essential to the customer experience, and in fact are often the most memorable part of the product – good or bad.A new study explores why students drop out of college or choose not to enroll.New surveys indicate the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic on today’s college students.States attempting to address worsening mental health problems among students have hit upon a novel remedy: allowing them to take time off from school. The idea, which started catching on even before the pandemic began, has already been enacted in nine states. Lawmakers in several others, including Kentucky and Maryland, are considering similar proposals.  Some. .

Dangerous game: 92% of colleges fail to deliver mental health support for athletes

New study from NAIA and Mantra Health shows a lack of trainers and psychologists for those battling depression.Background The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread fast throughout China and the rest of the world, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a worldwide pandemic on March 11, 2020. Many countries have implemented travel bans, lockdowns, and stay-at-home policies to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. This study aimed to investigate the risk factors of mental health problems among international students stranded outside of China during the pandemic. Methods A qualitative study was conducted among non-Chinese international students enrolled at Chinese universities who were stranded in their home countries. The participants were recruited using a purposive sampling technique. Following informed consent, in-depth interviews were conducted with the help of a semi-structured guide. Two independent investigators transcribed and coded the interview data. The investigators established themes after going through a detailed discussion. Results Participants reported several mental health risk factors, such as a rise in hopelessness and level of uncertainty, worry, lost interest and focus, lack of support, unemployment and financial hardships, social pressure, behavioral and mood changes, sleep disorder, and increased smoking. These mental health problems will affect the concentration and deep learning, thereby increasing academic stress. In addition, we found that the outbreak of the delta-variant led to a further increase in these mental health risk factors. Conclusions The pandemic scenario, along with international travel restrictions, increased the likelihood of mental health problems among stranded international students. Thus, preventing further rises in mental health disorders and reducing the effects of pandemic-related measures on stranded international students, such as researchers and policymakers can mitigate the pandemic’s effects and achieve national or international health and educational goals. Adequate intervention for this group is strongly recommended. Background Mental health problems are important public health issues among college students and are associated with various social factors. However, these influencing factors were scarcely summarized in Chinese college students comprehensively. This study aims to assess the associations between socio-demographic characteristics, lifestyles, social support quality (SSQ) and mental health among Chinese college students . Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted in Wuhan, China, from October 2017 to February 2018. College students from 18 colleges or universities were randomly recruited using multi-stage cluster sampling method. The Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support scale and 12-items General Health Questionnaire were used to estimate students’ SSQ and mental health statuses, respectively. Logistic regression analysis was used to evaluate the associations between socio-demographic characteristics, lifestyles, SSQ and mental health problems. Results A total of 10,676 college students were included. Among them, 21.4% were identified as having possible mental health problems. Students being a female, aged 18–22 years old, whose mother held college degrees and above, and drinking alcohol were more likely to have mental health problems (P < 0.05). Contrarily, having general or higher household economic levels, work-rest regularly, and sleeping ≥ 7 h were preventive factors (P < 0.05). Especially, a decreasing trend in the risk of having mental health problems with the improvement of SSQ was identified. Conclusion Besides socio-demographic and lifestyle factors, social support is a critical factor for mental health among college students. Improving SSQ, especially which from the family, could be an effective method to prevent mental health problems among college students.Two community-college presidents on surviving a tight labor market, enrollment drops, and a student-debt crisis.Story at a glance Surging demand has led California flagships Berkeley and UCLA to admit 9 and 11 percent of applicants, respectively.  Universities such as North Carolina and Virginia have re.

But schools can’t keep up. More than 60 percent of college students said they had experienced “overwhelming anxiety” in the past year. Over 40 percent said they felt so depressed they had difficulty functioning.Research shows that the pressures of elite competition sports are taking a heavy toll on young athletes’ mental health. Two athletes share their stories.

For many students, physical school wasn’t replaced with Zoom. Rather, school closures meant no school—literally none at all.Teachers are leaving careers they love in a last-ditch effort to save their mental health. How did we get here?. Nationwide study, co-led by BU researcher Sarah Ketchen Lipson, also shows that the stigma around seeking mental health is fading. Schools are staffing up and making other preparations as they brace for an expected surge in mental-health needs when students return this fall.Even as enrollment dips and some question the value of a degree, colleges say they must raise tuition.