Mental Wellbeing and News during COVID19

One of the biggest problems we will see in the next few weeks and months is the rise of mental health issues due to isolation, lack of social interaction and the negative news spreading everywhere.

Personally, I have definitely looked at the news live. Looking at press conferences from afar. I find that I have become more restless and spend more and more time on social media. I have asked my friends about it during our Virtual Private Coffee Catch Up Sessions on Taikera. I was gobsmacked. My friends were so anxious because news, rules and regulations are changing every day. There are so many click bait articles about COVID19. I mean, it is in the publisher’s intention to distill fear because fear is an emotional response. It makes you act. It makes you act FAST because something is threatening your life.

Fear is our primal instinct and innate emotion that is triggered by environmental stimuli being perceived as threatening or harmful. Fear is universal. Fear is a critical emotion for us to survive. An area of the brain - limbic cortex is well known for its involvement in fear conditioning. Many people call it the "Lizard Brain,” because the limbic system is about all a lizard has for brain function. It is in charge of fight, flight, feeding, fear, freezing up, and fornication.

So, how is it all linked together? How do you React to the News and Media During This Crisis? Join Luke and Sebastian in this discussion.

Information consumed online can directly affect your mental state, by consuming biased or false information this can fuel fear and paranoia inside yourself and the people around you. This week's session will look at the role media outlets play in disseminating information throughout the world, specifically in relation to the latest Covid-19 pandemic. We will look at how to critically evaluate online information and news sources in order to discern whether sources are trustworthy and reliable.

This session will feature Sebastian Chaoui an entrepreneur and tutor at the University of Technology Sydney where he teaches the subject Engineering Communications. Chaoui is the founder of satellite intelligence firm Arlula which specialises in providing high resolution satellite imagery for monitoring and data analysis.

We are delighted to announce that Luke will be hosting a facilitated discussion on mental health and wellbeing, weekly on Taikera.

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