How do we behave when no one is looking?

Integrity, compassion and courage are more enduring and powerful than greed

How do we behave when no one is looking?Renowned American writer Maya Angelou advised, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” In other words, before we put anyone into a position of trust in our lives, we need to examine their track record. How do they treat the most vulnerable people in our society? How do they respond…

Time to escape from our COVID-induced prison

Fear of dying has stripped us of the courage to live

Time to escape from our COVID-induced prisonIt’s been almost two years now since I had a social life of any kind. You remember social life, don’t you? Having friends over for dinner, going to a crowded restaurant on Friday after work and feeling the buzz of interaction, picking your way through the mob at the farmer’s market, having a couple over…

Smart sound system could relieve anxiety for ICU patients

Researchers are using AI to create customized soundscapes that could help patients relax and sleep

Smart sound system could relieve anxiety for ICU patientsA music professor and his interdisciplinary research team are aiming to reduce stress in intensive care patients with soothing soundscapes. Based on machine learning, the “smart” sound system would read physiological feedback such as heart rate, breathing and sweat gland response to customize calming sounds for individual patients, said principal investigator Michael Frishkopf, professor in…

Just stop talking about weight with kids, says public health PhD grad

Research explores the impact of obesity-related stigma on young people – and how to end it

Just stop talking about weight with kids, says public health PhD grad“We should just keep weight out of everyday conversation with our kids.” That’s the conclusion Alexa Ferdinands came to after interviewing young people about their experiences with obesity-related stigma for her PhD in health promotion and socio-behavioural sciences in the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health. “When it comes to nutrition, there are so…

‘Fly-in, fly-out’ oil sands workers face significant mental health challenges

Time away from home contributes to low morale and difficulty maintaining healthy habits

‘Fly-in, fly-out’ oil sands workers face significant mental health challengesThe mental health of contract workers who fly in and out of Alberta’s oil sands compares poorly with that of the general population, according to a new report co-written by University of Alberta sociologist Sara Dorow. In one of the first studies in Canada to examine mental health and well-being in the fly-in, fly-out (FIFO)…

Counselling students look to address COVID-19 mental health fallout

Clinical Services offers low-cost support and training to students who will be on the front lines of the recovery ahead

Counselling students look to address COVID-19 mental health falloutIt was a scream and a hug in the lobby of a vehicle registry in Camrose, Alta., that showed Larissa Brosinsky the power of positive self-talk. It was 2015 and the psychology grad was working with adults living with developmental disabilities – including a woman in her mid-40s who had dreamed for years of learning…

Are you in a leadership slump? Five things to revive yourself

Focus on being honest and ask for help, consider a sabbatical and trust yourself

Are you in a leadership slump? Five things to revive yourselfI bumped into Julie’s father at the grocery store and asked how his daughter’s business was doing. He told me she was going through a rough patch, so I called Julie. The first thing I noticed was Julie’s voice: the excitement was gone, and her energy seemed depleted. She told me about everything that was…

Link between access to voting and health found in study

Americans facing voting barriers due to race, age, income less likely to have health insurance; implications for Canadian system

Link between access to voting and health found in studyAmericans who face barriers to voting due to their racial background, age or socio-economic status are also less likely to have health insurance, according to recently published research in The Lancet Regional Health - Americas. “We saw a significant relationship between barriers to voting and being uninsured, particularly among African Americans, Asian Americans, those living in lower-income households…

How to help kids cope with back-to-school stress

A helpful guide to easing the transition

How to help kids cope with back-to-school stressKids anxious about heading back to school after a year of pandemic lockdown can best be helped by parents and teachers getting themselves grounded and present, says a University of Alberta education expert. Connecting with how their bodies respond to stress or fear can help adults deal with any stress or trauma children are experiencing,…

Leaders need moral courage now more than ever: Roméo Dallaire

Former UN force commander leading ‘critical conversations’ on mental impact of moral injury

Leaders need moral courage now more than ever: Roméo DallaireThe term “moral injury” is relatively recent in our understanding of trauma. When Canada’s Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire led United Nations peacekeeping troops in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi that took a million lives over 100 days, few Canadians beyond the military were aware of the severe psychological damage witnessing such moral atrocities…
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