Saturday, 29 August 2020

Special News--September 2020

Global Integration Updates
Special News--September 2020
Issue 51
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Global Integration Updates
Common Ground for the Common Good 
Be the people we need--Build the world we need

Special News--September 2020
Solidarity for COVID-Care
Being Real-Life Heroes

Keep persevering with courage.

Image courtesy and ©ENOD 2017

"What do you call a person who runs towards danger to save others?
Who is undaunted by disease, famine, drought, floods, earthquakes,
tsunamis, locusts, conflict zones—and now the COVID-19 pandemic?"

World Humanitarian Day 2020: Real-Life Heroes

In this Update we continue to share a variety of resources to encourage us all in our lives and work during the COVID-19 pandemic. We emphasize the united efforts for covid-care via real-life heroes—ordinary people all around the world who are helping others. Corona fears and fatigue are very real. Keep persevering with courage.

We join together in solidarity with the world community's efforts, locally through globally, on behalf of covid-care and in hopes to stir up the heroic in all of us. We also note that the many overlapping problems in our world continue unabated--shadow pandemics--even as this covid pandemic dominates the center stage globally: multi-dimensional poverty, protracted violence, human rights violations, gross inequalities, racism, mental ill health, environmental degradation, etc. This is the ongoing, cascading context which challenges us daily as we seek to practically support the wellbeing of all persons/peoples and the planet.

See also our recent Updates below for helping ourselves and others with covid-care. Examples of issues/resources: anxiety, trauma, depression, confinement, loneliness, loss, grief, relationship strains, coping for children, work insecurities, spiritual struggles, uncertainty/concerns about what is going on, etc.

--Keep Persevering: Stories and Strategies in the Pandemic
Global Integration Update (August 2020)
--Managing Stress and COVID-Distress: Faith-Inclusive Resources
Global Integration Update (June 2020)
--Staying Sane During COVID-19: Mental Health Resources for Ourselves, Others, World Global Integration Update (May 2020)
--Confronting COVID-19: “Be smart. Be safe. Be kind. 
Global Integration Update (April 2020)

--Helpful Thinking During the Coronavirus OutbreakNational Center for PTSD (USA)
--A Self-Care Guide...during COVID-19. Mary Hock Center, George Mason University
--Everyday Global HeroesGlobal Integration Update (August 2017)
--Resolution, COVID-19 ResponseWorld Health Organization (19 May 2020)

Warm greetings,
Kelly and Michèle

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Featured Resources
Solidarity for COVID-Care
Being Real-Life Heroes

Keep persevering with courage.
Banner image from World Humanitarian Day, 2020

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues
because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”

Maya Angelou
International Humanitarian Day (19 August 2020). Real Life Heroes“On World Humanitarian Day (WHD) August 19, the world commemorates humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work, and we honour all aid and health workers who continue, despite the odds, to provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need. This year World Humanitarian Day comes as the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic over recent months. Aid workers are overcoming unprecedented access hurdles to assist people in humanitarian crises in 54 countries, as well as in a further nine countries which have been catapulted into humanitarian need by the COVID-19 pandemic….we are paying special tribute to the real-life heroes who have committed their lives to helping others in the most extreme circumstances throughout the world. The campaign focuses on what drives humanitarians to continue to save and protect lives despite conflict, insecurity, lack of access and risks linked to COVID-19.” (quote from website)

--Watch the one minute video overview for this year’s World Humanitarian Day.
--Read the stories of real life heroes on the website.
--Watch the commemoration held at the United Nations Geneva, archived on UN WebTV.

Coronavirus Stories: Not just a health pandemic, but a multi-sectorial crisis requiring Africa specific solutions. Alexandra De Sousa, Global Geneva (25 August 2020).” As the coronavirus worsens across the world, concerned local and international humanitarian workers in Africa are worrying about the additional pandemics it is unleashing. Alexandra de Sousa, a medical doctor and anthropologist working in Ethiopia, highlights the urgent need for a regional approach. No one way fits all, and for a large part the strategies successfully deployed in the West cannot simply be copy pasted for the continent. Local contexts need to be taken into account. She further warns about the risks of undoing all the economic and social progress that has been made achieved in recent years coupled with the high risk of the virus being harboured in Africa’s slums, ultimately rebounding across the globe.”

The Psychology Behind Unethical Behavior by Merete Wedell-Wedellsborg, Harvard Business Review (12 April 2019). Introductory comments to the article by Kelly O’Donnell, posted on the Faith and Public Integrity website (20 August 2020). “Wondering what makes us “tick” when it comes to making unethical decisions? This article can help. It offers a quick, readable explanation of three core psychological dynamics that can undermine our positive ethical values in business and frankly in almost any setting. And these dynamics can certainly intensify when stress and anxiety levels are high such as during the current pandemic.” (opening comment about the article).

Counseling Insider (13 August 2020)American Counseling Association (ACA). Weekly resources related to counseling with several focusing on issues in the covid pandemic. A recent example from the ACA’s Counseling Today online magazine, “The Revised Meaning of Self-Care in the Wake of COVID-19. “Practicing proper self-care is often the prescription that professional counselors will share with their clients to help manage life stressors and mental health symptoms during their day-to-day lives. That emphasis has taken on new meaning over the past several months as self-care routines have been offset by quarantining measures from the COVID-19 pandemic. Suddenly, sleeping patterns were thrown off by newfound anxiety. Routine pleasures such as listening to a podcast or playlist during the morning and evening commute disappeared as working from home became the new norm. With gyms closed, people were forced to adjust their exercise routines and workout habits. Typical avenues of social escape — restaurants, movie theaters, salons — were also closed. Even parks and hikes were off-limits in some states for a time.” (opening two paragraphs from the article)

Image from World Humanitarian Day, ©WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
"Staff at the Ghasouleh warehouse [Syria] package food assistance commodities.
They are now wearing masks and taking regular temperature checks
to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections."

Psychological Resources for COVID from Around the World. International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS)

World Health Organization: COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility.
 “172 economies are now engaged in discussions to potentially participate in COVAX, a global initiative aimed at working with vaccine manufacturers to provide countries worldwide equitable access to safe and effective vaccines, once they are licensed and approved. COVAX currently has the world’s largest and most diverse COVID-19 vaccine portfolio - including nine candidate vaccines, with a further nine under evaluation and conversations underway with other.”

Webinar Series: Mental Health and COVID-19.
 United for Global Mental Health, The Lancet Psychiatry, Mental Health Innovation Network, and MHPSS Network. “[These weekly webinars] are designed to provide policy makers and the wider health community with the latest evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health, and practical solutions to the challenging issues we are all grappling with. Participants are encouraged to join from around the world, including those with lived experience of mental health and of COVID-19. The format is short remarks by up to four panelists followed by a Q&A…You can see notes and recordings from previous webinars here: www.unitedgmh.org/news” Upcoming topics:  Workplace mental health (25 August; Substance use and mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak (1 September); Mental health stigma and discrimination 15 September) .

Contact information:  COVID19seminars@unitedgmh.org 

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Keep persevering with courage.

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