UP “STOP COVID DEATHS: VIRTUAL GRAND ROUNDS” webinar takes on the dark road of COVID-19 and mental health

| Written by Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on the mental and psychosocial health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The quarantines have caused and exacerbated feelings of loneliness, isolation, anxiety, fear, uncertainty and loss; and these all take their toll, creating a national health crisis on top of the COVID-19 crisis.

The 22nd installment of the UP webinar series,“STOP COVID DEATHS: VIRTUAL GRAND ROUNDS”, will present the case of a woman who survived COVID-19 in a community isolation facility, but misinterpreted the results of a rapid test and thought she had been re-infected. Missing her family and contemplating the prospect of another two weeks of isolation, she fell into a deep depression and attempted to take her life. Her story will be presented in the webinar,“Hindi Ko na Kayang Magka-COVID Ulit!: COVID-19 and Suicide”, which will be held on Friday, September 18, at 12:00 nn.

Mental health authorities have reported a dramatic increase in the average daily calls for help related to suicide since the start of the pandemic. Pandemic-related anxiety can be overwhelming. Suicide reports due to depression are manifestations of the serious negative mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases has called on church- and faith-based groups to reach out to individuals who are desperate and are losing hope.  Spirituality is an important component of the management of COVID-19.

Dr. Angelique Gelvezon, a resident physician at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the UP Philippine General Hospital (UP PGH), will present the case; while Dr. Doris A. Mendoza, founding Dean of the Adventist University of the Philippines’ College of Medicine, will be guest speaker. Dr. Anselmo Tronco, Chair of the UP PGH Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will be the discussant; while reactors will be Dr. Antonio Miguel L. Dans, a clinical epidemiologist at the UP College of Medicine, and Fr. Rolando Agustin, the parish priest of the St. James The Great parish in Ayala, Alabang.

Grand rounds are an integral part of traditional medical education and inpatient care wherein doctors, pharmacist, residents and medical students gather to discuss the particular medical problems and the treatment of a particular patient. The webinar series,“STOP COVID DEATHS: VIRTUAL GRAND ROUNDS”,is the very first online medicine grand rounds in the Philippines. The series is organized by the University of the Philippines in partnership with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center, in cooperation with the UP Manila College of Medicine and the UP PGH.

Register now at bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar22.
Watch the livestream on youtube.com/c/TVUPph.