The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) through its University Assessment and Guidance Center (UAGC) launched the Mental Health Survey which aims to track and assess the impact of the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic on the mental and physical health of the students, faculty and staff in the University.
All USeP constituents are encouraged to share their experience related to COVID-19 by answering the survey questionnaire at http://guidance.usep.edu.ph/ once in every week until the State of Public Health Emergency is lifted.
The UAGC identified, in the survey questionnaire, the following potential negative mental and physical health effects of COVID-19 based on the American Psychological Association (APA) and Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Health Disorder-5th edition:
• Being easily fatigued
• Difficulty concentrating
• Being irritable
• Tension in muscles
• Difficulty sleeping
• Depressed mood most of the day/nearly everyday
• Loss of interest or pleasure
• Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain
• Feelings of worthlessness
• Recurrent thoughts of death or recurrent suicidal ideation without specific plan
Taking the survey helps the University in monitoring the mental and physical condition of its constituents. The survey serves as a significant input in the provision of appropriate intervention or assistance to those who are in need.
The UAGC assures everyone that the information provided by the participants will be kept with utmost confidentiality. (CMRubia)