The Global pandemic thrust populations worldwide into psychological
distress, with uncertainty and confusion about the future. Human beings are neurologically
‘hardwired’ to need certainty – the brain is constantly ‘on the alert’ and
looking for information to keep us safe. Without safety and security, the amygdala,
the brains fight or flight centre becomes distressed.
Persistent low level stress impacts upon the physiological state and over time can reduce healthy immune function.
Mental health is still very much stigmatised and individuals who experience low to moderate levels of anxiety and depression may not seek help as often this is something they do not recognise as needing or they may feel that a mental health setting is too frightening a prospect (mentalhealth.org.uk)
How Can Your Online Course Transform Lives?
The Human Givens approach which combines the biological, psychological and sociological factors to proposes that all humans have the ‘givens’ to be able to overcome psychological trauma and associated distress (HGI.org)
A fieldwork study conducted in 2007, found that engaging in lifelong learning was beneficial for a plethora of health outcomes; overall well-being, the recovery and psychological protection from mental health challenges, enhancing the coping abilities for stressful situations which included enhanced resilience in dealing with the onset of debilitating ill-health and disability (Hammond, C. 2007).
So how we, as experts in our field of knowledge enhance psychological wellbeing and empower individuals to self-actualise? The findings of a recent study were that education improves memory function, furthermore, it was found to significantly reduce depression (Crespo et al. 2014).
Your expertise can be converted into an online course that
brings many of the psychological benefits discussed in these studies. I have
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The secret here is in the curriculum mapping and purposeful use of educational and psychological theories to deliver that knowledge.
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Crespo, et al. (2014). Compulsory schooling, education, depression and memory: New evidence from SHARELIFE, Economics of Education Review, Volume 43, 2014, Pages 36-46, ISSN 0272-7757, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econedurev.2014.09.003. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272775714000892)
Hammond, C. (2004). Impacts of lifelong learning upon emotional resilience, psychological and mental health: fieldwork evidence, Oxford Review of Education, 30:4, 551-568, DOI: 10.1080/0305498042000303008
Mental Health Foundation (2011). Learning for Life: Adult Learning, Mental Health & Wellbeing. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/learning-for-life.pdf