#CASLearnsAsOne Webinar 4: What COVID did last summer: Student Mental Health and COVID-19

Post date: 07-Jul-2020 02:16:28

Note: This webinar is free and is open to all. However, slots are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Please register HERE. Registration closes on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 6 PM. The Zoom Link and Password will be sent to your registered email by 7 PM on Thursday, July 9, 2020.


Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera Jr. Ph.D.

University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

What COVID did last summer has brought out the best in us.

Thus, it should be the other way around.

What we did to COVID last summer.

Or, what we and COVID did to last the summer?


Dinah Palmera Pacquing-Nadera M.D.

Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, Pasig, Metro Manila

Mental health is said to be the next pandemic after COVID19. Emerging research assessing the mental health implications of COVID-19 has identified a heightened prevalence of moderate-to-severe self-reported symptoms of depression and anxiety, reflecting the widespread effects of uncertainty and health-related fears. The disruption of services, including education, also has its associated psychological impacts.

Prior to COVID19, an increasing number of students with psychological distress resulting to negative academic consequences has been observed. The abrupt shift to online learning, loss of social and structural supports, and abandonment of daily routines worsened the already stressful academic environment.

The talk will present the mental health consequences of COVID19 on the academe - for students, teaching and non-teaching staff. It urges the audience to examine their local context and plan for promotion of mental health and provision of basic interventions as mandated by Republic Act 11036 or the Mental Health Act.

About the Speakers

Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera Jr. is a University of the Philippines professor who, after finishing his B.S. and M.A. in Psychology from the University of Santo Tomas, became an expressive arts therapist to cancer survivors, persons with AIDS, drug patients, “comfort women,” streetkids, victims of abuse, calamities, and grief. His dissertation has his poems about rice turned into songs by Joey Ayala and others who produced the CD called Palay, Bigas, Kanin. Vim is recognized internationally when he became a South East Asia Write Awardee (2006) and nationally when he was chosen as one of The Outstanding Young Men (2003).

Dinah Palmera Pacquing Nadera is the founding president of the Foundation for Advancing Wellness, Instruction and Talents, an organization that she and her husband established in 2009. She is the resident psychiatrist at the University of the Philippines Health Service and the Project Leader of Mental Health in the Philippines: Perception, Access and Delivery under the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health’s Center for Research and Innovation. A Philippine Psychiatric Association fellow, she is actively involved in different mental health initiatives for government and civil society organizations in various capacities in the areas of training, research, policy and legislation.