The Mental Health Postvention Task Force, in their effort to proactively and preventively manage the next phase of response to the pandemic, have collaborated with university experts to dive deeper into the important issues surrounding COVID-19, and to provide resources for coping during this time.


 

 

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Setting boundaries improves work-life balance, mental health

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
The distance between my work and my personal life has become increasingly smaller during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lines between home and work are blurred for me.
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How to become a gratitude leader: Infusing gratitude into your organization

We now find ourselves in a collective, global disaster of sorts with COVID-19. Navigating the pandemic has challenged us all, though it has affected some more than others. In many ways, it has shone a spotlight on existing social and economic inequities, as disasters do. Some also have linked COVID-19 to a phenomenon dubbed “the great resignation,” whereby people are voluntarily leaving the workplace in massive numbers. This seems to be a time when people are evaluating their sense of meaning in life, including what work means to them. Given this context, how can we foster a sense of meaning within the workplace and other organizations?
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Gratitude

Monday, November 15, 2021
In the midst of the distress many have experienced during the pandemic, it can be understandably difficult to be present with the goodness that is in our lives, however this recognition can play a key role in our own happiness and well-being. The benefits of gratitude are many, including the strengthening of relationships, enhancing empathy, increased patience, improved self-worth and self-esteem, and increased resiliency.
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What is gratitude?

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
You can practice gratitude to help change your perspective, provide hope, and protect your mental and emotional well-being. Gratitude is a sense of appreciation of what you have and for the goodness that is in your life, both within and outside of yourself. Gratitude is often a reflection of an emotional response from an occurrence that made a difference in your life.   
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Imposter Phenomenon/Syndrome

Friday, October 29, 2021
Employee Assistance Program
Coined in the late 1970s by Dr. Pauline Chance to describe the feelings of inadequacy and fear everyone can feel in comparison to others we perceive to be more experienced or accomplished, Imposter Phenomenon (IP) is gaining considerable traction in both popular and academic writings. IP is not a diagnosis, but a collection of thoughts and feelings that produce symptoms of anxiety and oftentimes depression.
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Grief: It can explain a lot

Monday, October 25, 2021
University Counseling Service
Grief clusters around shock, disbelief, sadness, fear, guilt, angst, anger, confusion, and numbness. We can also physically experience grief as fatigue, aches and pains, sleeplessness, weight changes, or headaches.
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Mindfulness: An important skill for navigating uncertainty

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Carver College of Medicine
Mindfulness — paying attention on purpose — is everywhere these days. A variety of techniques are recommended to consciously observe thoughts, feelings and emotions, physical sensations, and the surrounding environment with curiosity and without judgement. We can be mindful when we are practicing seated meditation, preparing a meal, or walking the dog. 
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Living with ambiguity: A “blursed” existence?

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we all have taken a master class on living with ambiguity. We have had to pivot repeatedly, making many adjustments day after day and week after week. There have been challenges and opportunities during this time.
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Suicide prevention

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
University Counseling Service
University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students are navigating the fall 2021 semester in the latest phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and are collectively experiencing various influences on mental health.