The University of Guadalajara (UdeG) will attend to mental health disorders in students and teachers derived from confinement for COVID-19, such as stress and anxiety.
Karem Escamilla, head of the Coordination of Academic Supports of the Higher Secondary Education System (SEMS), shared that they will first carry out the Interinstitutional Plan “Taking Care of You”, which contemplates the training of teaching staff for the identification and referral of cases that require psychological attention.
They will also learn about self-care and behaviors of good treatment, assertiveness and empathy in virtual teaching practice.
Escamilla pointed out that virtual spaces will be generated to share both the good practices of promoting well-being and the concerns and challenges faced by UdeG professors.
This course will last 40 hours and can be face-to-face with accompaniment or through the Virtual University System. It was detailed that they already carry out a pilot with 50 people.
The university official added that she also perform diagnostic evaluations on psychosocial risk factors and indicators of depression, anxiety, stress, grief, and cognitive impairment in www.cucs.udg.mx/saludmental/.
According to the results obtained, action guides will be issued to mitigate discomfort or, where appropriate, refer to specialized psychological care, either within institutional programs or in services, explained Norma Ruvalcaba, head of the Department of Applied Psychology of the University Center for Health Sciences (CUCS).
He added that the mental health indicators in the university community will also be reviewed, mainly in the area of health.