MCCA This Week: October 9, 2020

This Week
October 9, 2020

Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day, which comes when our lives are significantly impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fear and anxiety about the virus can be overwhelming. Actions such as social distancing can make people feel isolated and lonely, leading to increased stress and anxiety. This day, observed annually worldwide, focuses on mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against social stigma.

Taking care of our mental health—emotional, psychological, and social well-being—is paramount during these extraordinary times. Remember, you are not alone. There are many forms of support and we invite you to explore them.

  • Your college Employee Assistance Program (if applicable) offers confidential counseling and resources to help employees and their families deal with both personal and work-related concerns.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Mental health apps can be useful in making therapy more accessible, efficient, and portable. Here are five safe and affordable options: Talkspace, BetterHelp, Larkr, ReGain, and TeenCounseling.
  • From guided meditations, breathing exercises, and videos to stories and soothing music, mindfulness and meditation apps can make a real difference to create a sense of calm in your anxious brain. Check out these three apps: Headspace, Calm, and Ten Percent Happier.
  • While taking care of your mental health can mean seeking professional support and treatment, it also means taking steps to improve your emotional health on your own.
    • Look for small ways to add activity to your day, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going on a short walk. To get the most benefit, aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise daily.
    • What you eat nourishes your whole body, including your brain.
    • Try to go to bed at a regular time each day and practice good habits to sleep better.
    • In moments when it all seems like too much, step away and do anything but whatever is stressing you out.

Today's This Week is 978 words, about a 7.8–minute read.

U.S. Education News

  • As we enter the last quarter of 2020, many industries are looking ahead to the new year and reflecting on the lessons learned from the highly unusual set of circumstances that defined this year. (Digital Media Solutions)
  • Almost seven months later, rural districts around the country are still scrambling to accommodate all of their pupils. It’s become clear to teachers, administrators, and community members that the digital divide is too big for schools to bridge on their own. (The Verge)
  • The workforce that serves much of higher education in America has shrunk by at least 7 percent since Covid-19 arrived on American shores. (The Chronicle)
  • Tuition, fees, and state appropriations are creating a gap in funding between universities and community colleges. Two-year schools are getting $8,800 less in education revenue per enrolled student. (Inside Higher Ed)

Missouri News

  • Virgin Hyperloop One has picked West Virginia for Richard Branson’s high-speed technology concept. Missouri had hoped to land the project after studies showed it would be feasible to build a track that would transport passengers between St. Louis and Kansas City in 30 minutes. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • Missouri will release about $133 million in funding to support critical services — including $61.5 million in CARES Act funding for primary and secondary schools and $26 million for higher education. (The Joplin Globe)
  • As COVID-19 cases continue to impact everyone, county, and statewide, testing in Missouri approaches a new milestone, while health officials expect another possible increase in cases soon. (KMIZ)

College Headlines

  • Laura McDonald, MSN, RN, East Central College adjunct instructor, recently was presented a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award to recognize her as a role model in education and showcase the excellent work. (ECC News)
  • North Central Missouri College and the University of Central Missouri recently worked together to develop a transfer agreement for Associate in Arts in Teaching and Associate in Arts-education emphasis students. (KTTN-FM 92.3)
  • Crowder College renames Roughriders Baseball Field as Lallemand Family Field after the program’s successful coach. (KOAM-TV
  • The need for qualified IT professionals is growing, and the skills they need to be successful are changing. St. Charles Community College is at the forefront of offering the next generation of IT degrees. (SCC News)
  • The East Central College Nursing Program is ranked No. 4 among 660 nursing schools offering associate’s degrees in the Midwest by NursingProcess.org. (ECC News)

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