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Mental health: a global crisis that impacts heavily on students and teachers

Mental health has become a global pandemic. It was so before Covid-19 and has become in recent years, given the confinement, social distancing and damage to our interpersonal relationships that and damage to our interpersonal relationships, which strongly impact our psychological and emotional well-being. psychological and emotional well-being.
While this situation has impacted the general population, a significant increase has been seen in students and faculty. significant increase in students and faculty of educational institutions.

So much so, that a study conducted by the universities of Los Andres and Talca, have found that 54.6% of the students who have found that 54.6% of higher education students have high levels of stress. of stress. 37.9% suffer from anxiety and 37.1% are depressed. Data that have set off alarm institutions and are looking for ways to provide adequate support, although it must be kept in mind that the support, although it should be borne in mind that this situation is hitting the population in a cross-cutting manner. population in a transversal way.
These pictures that affect the mental health of students are visualized in a wide spectrum, from insomnia (32.5%) to suicidal risk (20.4%). mental health care, which has almost doubled in the last 3 years.

With all this, it is vital to be able to activate support networks that help improve the quality of emotional and psychological life of the communities. emotional and psychological quality of life of the educational communities (and of the population in general).
To this end, there are some recommendations that can be followed, both by individuals and by educational institutions. individual, as well as by institutions of higher education that wish to take action on the matter.
First of all, it is essential that we are attentive to our emotional states, changes in mood, lack of energy mood swings, lack of energy, negativity about everyday situations, extreme feelings of loneliness, among others. loneliness, among others. All of these situations can give us a sign that we need to ask for help.

The second thing we can do is to activate our support network, that is to say, to approach family members, friends, teachers, etc., and to ask for help, friends, teachers, etc., and tell them what we are experiencing in order to receive guidance, direct help or people who can be attentive to what we are experiencing. direct help or people who can be attentive to our psychoemotional needs.
On the other side of the coin, if we become aware of these changes in other people around us, we can also approach them for help. around us, we can also approach and help to manage a support network for the person. for the person.
If we look at it from the role of educational institutions, the first thing is to be able to raise awareness within the educational community of these situations, and to be able to help the person to be aware of them. the educational community of these situations, as part of the normal requirements that people may have, which are stages in their lives. that we can have, that they are stages and that we must go to talk and have emotional support from friends, family and the community. emotional support from friends, family and the community of the institution.
However, this is not enough. It is essential to have tools and systems that help to measure and identify these situations. and identify these situations, since many times they are experienced in silence and without apparent symptoms, and symptoms, and we only find out about them when the situation has become serious or has generated such a delicate situation. a situation as delicate as suicide attempts has been generated.
To this end, implementing existing systems, such as the HPI Psyhealth tool, an instrument for recognizing, providing feedback and alerting about mental health and wellbeing needs, is very useful as it helps to focus support and monitor the wellbeing of the student community.
We all have psychoemotional needs, especially after the last few years we have lived, so it is best to welcome and take proactive measures aimed at prevention and the construction of close, affectionate ties and skills to accompany each other.


Leaders without emotional intelligence can damage the work climate and the mental health of their teams

Companies are increasingly aware of the effects of leadership lacking skills, so they look for managers who can empower their teams, developing them professionally. It is not strange to hear that people resign from their bosses, who become the antagonists of the collaborators.

A leadership lacking in interpersonal skills can affect the work environment, impacting the health of employees and, therefore, generating negative consequences in the company. In this scenario, companies increasingly value the social-emotional or interpersonal skills of those who take the leadership, because people not only achieve results through logical knowledge, but also through their ability to manage teams and themselves. Precisely, Deloitte’s “Global Trends in Human Capital 2021” analysis points to two out of five strategies where leadership is key. In this way, the importance of guiding the potential of workers is mentioned, and the super teams that were formed in companies as a survival mechanism during this time, which leaders can use to reinvent work.

This search for emotionality on the part of the bosses is not new, but it is necessary. Isaías Sharon, Executive Director of HPI International, noted that “there are studies that show that IQ is directly correlated with job performance. Once this happens, it will be emotional intelligence that will help boost performance and lead the teams well”.

Although the demand for interpersonal skills is evolving, adaptability, the ability to constantly learn and be able to lead the team’s emotions and one’s own to manage complex moments and build better results are valued at this time.

For the executive, “these skills can be learned, developed and lost if they are not continuously trained, but care must be taken to do so with appropriate methodologies and with people who really know how to install new skills in people. Otherwise, it is possible to risk spending a lot of time and money so that the result does not happen”.

However, there are some that are more complex to develop, which are leadership and emotional intelligence. Lead without interpersonal skills Although it is possible to manage teams without having these types of skills, which usually happens in organizations, “the issue is how to lead and at what cost,” said Sharon, who added that “leading without these skills can generate short-term results at the expense of of damaging the work environment, the mental health of the teams and making performance unsustainable over time, that is to say, leading ‘bread for today and hunger for tomorrow’”. 

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Mental health of workers

How is the current situation affecting the mental health of workers? How can we take action within organizations to take care of the welfare of those who are part of our teams?
Today I was asked about this by Diario Financiero and I share here some ideas that I hope will be a contribution.

CoFood, the application to stop throwing food away

In our episode N°21 of the Smart Coach podcast #CambiarHaceBien, I had the opportunity to meet the founders of the CoFood application, an innovation made in Chile that seeks to reduce food waste.
A third of all the food produced worldwide ends up in the garbage and that is why ventures like this make so much sense and are really necessary in the world we live in.
I invite you to watch this new episode of our podcast.

How to change our health?

On Friday, November 29, 2019, we closed the penultimate month of the year with an entertaining conversation with Francini Amaral, someone who is already part of the Smart Coach family and a personal friend.
In this new chapter we talk about health, quality of life and the process of change that people experience in our habits in order to achieve that transformation that is so important to have a greater well-being and a fuller life.
I would like to invite you to watch this new chapter. Remember that you can also find it on Spotify as “Cambiar Hace Bien” and listen in podcast to all the chapters.

Talent in the digital age

In this third chapter of our program #CambiarHaceBien of Smart Coach, I was able to talk with the publicist and head hunter, Cristian Parrao, with whom we talked about talent in this digital era. What are companies looking for? how to face the digital transformation? where are we today and what are the challenges of what’s to come?

We talk about these questions and much more in this third chapter that you can find on youtube and also as a podcast on Spotify.

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Leadership in millennial times

This Friday, November 8, 2019 began the new conversation program that I have created in Smart Coach, which I have called #CambiarHaceBien. After having conducted from 2018 until September this year the radio program “Conversa con Sentido”, now this new conversation space invites us to learn, reflect and build different looks with the need to face and lead change.
In this first episode I spoke with psychologist and specialist in leadership and storytelling, César Castro, to talk about how to lead in this millennial era. You can watch this conversation on youtube below and also on podcast vía Spotify.