“Many people have not accepted that they too may be dealing with some form of a Mental Illness, hence the reasons sessions like these are paramount.”
Dr. Virgina Joseph during her presentation at SLASPA’S mental health session. SLASPA’s Human Resource Department commenced its first session of Mental Health Virtual Chit Chats on December 15, 2020 via Zoom. The hour-long sessions facilitated by Dr. Virgina Joseph, a licensed Counseling Psychologist with over ten years of work experience both here and the United Kingdom, creates a virtual space for employees that allows them to participate in discourse concerning mental health in the workplace and everyday life. The sessions are also opportune as mental health continues to be of crucial concern since COVID-19.
The importance of our mental Health is underrated, notwithstanding its pertinence in our day to day activities, the way we speak, the way we interact, the way we think are all fueled by the conditions of our mental state. The World Health Organization (WHO) expresses that,
"added to the fear of contracting the virus in a pandemic such as COVID-19 are the significant changes to our daily lives as our movements are restricted in support of efforts to contain and slow down the spread of the virus. Faced with new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends and colleagues, it is important that we look after our mental, as well as our physical, health."
Tuesday’s session focused on seven integral topics:
- Dealing with Coronavirus anxiety
- Dealing with Coronavirus depression
- Dealing with Coronavirus stress, anger & uncertainty
- Managing fear
- How to strengthen the immune system
- How to build resilience
- How to cope with the novel virus
The sessions will continue in the upcoming months. Let’s continue chit chatting on mental health.