Mental health: a medical school’s demand

World Health Organisation Mental Health

Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority (WHO, 2016)

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Leticia Campos, a 18 year old Brazilian medicine student from the “Universidade de Pernambuco”. Ms Campos is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). The opinion expressed in this piece belongs to the writer and does not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.

Anxiety. Burnout. Depression. Unfortunately, mental health issues, like the ones mentioned, are becoming more pervasive amongst medicine students. Due to the far from empathetic context, we are constantly surrounded by unreachable goals, social pressure as well as physical and mental exhaustion. No longer are we human beings, a person with desires, hobbies, interests.

No sooner had we filled our admission forms than we are perceived only as physicians or medicine students. Our category is supposed to be the breadwinner, the one who will make ends meet, the lucky individual who is likely to prosper economically and whose social status seems to be a wanderlust.

So, as healthcare professionals, how should we best care for our own mental health? To achieve such a complex goal, the first step should be taken within the academic sphere, including both students and members of the executive board in the “task force”. Provided that universities demonstrate awareness and commitment, solutions will easily appear. This is how a student movement emerged at the institution where I attend.

In order to come up with an alternative to place “mental health” as an object of significant debate, students at my university have enacted to plan projects whose principal aim was to help ourselves to deal with this agenda full of obligations. For this purpose, “Caring Mind” was created.

The project, which occurs during the first semester of each year, not only was it acknowledged by its influence on student’s demeanor, but also received great adherence. Whereas relevant topics such as “time management” and “suicide” are discussed, social media is used with the purpose to accompany the routine of the subscribed students, as well as to provide advice and support from their own colleagues.

Moreover, the response to the project resulted in positive feedback, impacting the participants in an outstanding manner. Furthermore, the faculty elaborated another form to take care of their own students: the “SOPPE” program, which means, in Portuguese, “psyco-pedagogical orientation service”. Basically, students are referred to a psychologist, receiving appropriate support from an expert, a strategy that has proved to be very effective.

On balance, it is clear, therefore, that promoting a welcoming environment for the students, with the aim of making them realise how critical and valuable it is to maintain their mental health, are always searching for various forms of assistance while being sympathetic to other students. In fact, developing this consciousness may be the golden rule not only to encourage better engagement, but also to empower us, the future health professionals.

About the author

Letícia Nunes Campos, 18 years old, Brazilian, medicine student from the “Universidade de Pernambuco”, admitted in IFMSA Brazil since April of 2017. Currently a member of the SCOME team and works as LOME in the Local Committee.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

COP25 climate talks: What just happened, and what lies ahead?

Wide-ranging reforms needed to ensure Italy’s economic recovery

Finding calm in the COVID-19 chaos 

Eurozone: The cycle of deficits, debts and austerity revisited

Lockdown is the world’s biggest psychological experiment – and we will pay the price

Gas pipeline in the European Union. (Copyright: EU, 2012 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Ferenc Isza)

EU Investment Bank approves € 1.5bn loan for Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)

Approaching the challenges of COVID-19 vaccination

This is how AI can unlock hidden talent in the workplace

Brexit effect: Public opinion survey shows that EU is more appreciated than ever

State aid: Commission approves UK schemes to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak

Parliament and Council agree drastic cuts to plastic pollution of environment

Junker for Commission President: What were the stakes in this affair

This Central Asian lake is a stark reminder of the impact we have on the planet

In polarized America, a new divide looms

Linking HIV prevention with SRHR

4 ways media and entertainment could be more equitable and diverse

On World Health Day, new report says the world needs 6 million more nurses

The world’s largest bus system is starting to go electric

Climate justice is also a local health issue. These 4 grassroots solutions are tackling both

A supercomputer is helping to reduce traffic jams, saving time and money. Here’s how

The age of influence: why digital platforms must come clean about political ads

Password managers aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Here’s why

Consumer protection: Commission welcomes political agreement by Council on the Representative Actions Directive

MEPs endorse EU citizens’ call for gradual end to caged farming

Single European Sky: MEPs ready to start negotiations

Available mental health services: is it only about professionals or institutions?

Humanitarian Aid: EU allocates €55 million in Sudan

5 ways Denmark is preparing for the future of work

European Public Prosecutor’s Office: EU Prosecutors take their oath at the European Court of Justice

A new European Research Area: Commission sets new plan to support green and digital transition and EU recovery

Finnish Prime Minister calls for a more united EU of concrete actions

The creation and maintenance of smoke-free public spaces in the UK

‘A global measles crisis’ is well underway, UN agency chiefs warn

Better outreach to citizens needed to improve effectiveness of European Commission’s public consultations, say Auditors

From violence to dialogue: as land conflicts intensify, UN boosts efforts to resolve disputes through mediation

‘Bicycle Kingdom’ makes a comeback, as China seeks solutions to tackle air pollution crisis

“The Belt and Road Initiative should be mutually beneficial for EU and China and every participating country”, Vice-President Papadimoulis of the European Parliament underscores from European Business Summit 2018

International Women’s Day 2019: women’s power in politics

European Youth Event 2020: giving a voice to young people to influence EU policy

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “You just don’t know if the oil price will be 20$ or 100$ in the next 2-3 years!” top Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff underscores from Davos

‘Ticking bomb’ health warning over deteriorating conditions facing Cyclone Idai victims

Europe’s dirty air kills 400,000 people every year

Warmongers ready to chew what is left of social protection spending

An analysis of the impacts of climate change on human health

Parliament approves the “rule of law conditionality” for access to EU funds

Commission welcomes agreement on additional financial support for the most deprived under REACT-EU

Commission welcomes European Parliament’s approval of Recovery and Resilience Facility

The European Union’s road to sustainability – how each EU state is doing

Approving most of EU’s accounts, EP requests new measures to protect EU spending

Close to final agreement on the EU Banking Union

Tackling Youth Unemployment

To flourish in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we need to rethink these 3 things

Why cybersecurity should be standard due diligence for investors

South Sudan’s peace process ‘precarious, but progress in being made’, Security Council hears

South Sudan: ‘Outraged’ UN experts say ongoing widespread human rights violations may amount to war crimes

Population in crisis hit EU countries will suffer for decades

Poland: attacks on media freedom and the EU legal order need to stop

After Brexit and Grexit, Brussels to deal with Poloust

Neelie Kroes at the European Young Innovators Forum: Unconvention 2014

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: