Mental health has moved from a taboo subject to an essential health service that must be seriously considered. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the mental health and wellbeing of people worldwide, which has led to increased levels of anxiety, depression disorders and concerns about suicide ideation.
*”Stridsvärde” is our capacity to perform a specific task. It includes both physical and psychological abilities. It is dynamic and changes depending on recovery, preparation, experience and expectations.
Keeping track of the current stridsvärde helps us not just to realize when we are likely to succeed (high stridsvärde) or risk putting too much pressure on personnel (low stridsvärde).
You may know emergency dispatchers as the people at the end of an emergency call that helps people through some of the worst moments in life. But behind calm voices are stressed out individuals, with Chron mentioning that they typically have 8- or 12-hour shifts, with some shifts lasting as long as 24 hours. Emergency dispatchers are also usually required to work on weekends and holidays. That means, being a dispatcher is mentally and emotionally taxing, requiring sustained attentiveness, waiting for calls to come through and acting as an intermediary between a caller and rescue workers.
When a disaster strikes, it is important for society to be able to resist, adapt, transform, and recover from the hazard in an efficient and quick manner. But how can we build societal resilience for a safer world?
Marta Azevedo Silva, our Communication & Press Manager, had a conversation with Rut Erdelyi, European Director of The Resilience Advisors Network to talk about embracing change, building capacity and innovative ideas to address threats and understand how we can strengthen community resilience in disasters and emergencies.
Recently, I was speaking to a colleague who reluctantly shared they were seeing a counsellor to deal with some issues. This long-tenured industry professional was struggling with being viewed differently. I applauded the courage the individual was showing and the leadership that was being demonstrated by the very act of seeking help.