I am often invited to be on panels interviewing young people for scholarships and other opportunities. Most of these opportunities target students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many of these breakdown and cry during the course of the interview and quite often the panelist are uncomfortable with the crying. I imagined how staff manage students and fellow staff who cry in front of them.
In therapy crying is usual and we allow it to happen without stopping the one crying. Beginning therapists often find it uncomfortable until they, later on, get used to it. Crying is the action of expression of any emotion felt: happiness, anxiety, frustration, fear and so on. It is the human body’s natural release of the strong feelings that we all, inevitably, feel. We all have emotions and therefore we all cry. Yet, do we cry enough? Do we cry when we really need to? Do we try to manage and control our emotions in a different way in an attempt to stop crying?
Many people I know try to hide their tears, say they can’t cry or try to stop crying when they feel that they need to. This is where our self-judgment comes in: “I should be stronger.” “I am too emotional.” “This isn’t something someone else would cry over.” “I should handle things better.” “I am weak.” “I can’t cry right now because it isn’t the right time.” Males, especially, fall victim to this; although when females cry, they are often looked at as “too emotional.”
Crying is NOT a sign of weakness. It is a sign of emotional strength and a way to heal.
When clients cry, I always tell them, “Cry! Let it out!”
There are also many physical benefits of crying, including releasing toxins. Tears are your body’s release valve for stress, sadness, grief, anxiety, and frustration. Also, you can have tears of joy, say when a child is born, or tears of relief when a difficulty has passed. It feels cleansing, a way to purge pent up emotions so they don’t lodge in my body as stress symptoms such as fatigue or pain.
Like the ocean, tears are salt water. Protectively they lubricate your eyes, remove irritants, reduce stress hormones, and they contain antibodies that fight pathogenic microbes.
Friends, it is okay to cry if it doesn’t become “chronic crying” which may be a symptom of depression.
BOTH TEARS OF JOY AND SADNESS ARE OKAY TEARS.
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UniCare App: 24/7 Access to Counselling
The Counselling and Guidance Centre (CGC) has developed UniCare, a counselling App for the Makerere University community members (Staff and Students).
Do you have personal concerns that need addressing?
Do you need to improve your life skills?
Are you struggling with something and need to talk to someone professional in confidence?
Then download UniCare from the Play Store and use it at any time of your convenience.
You can access counselling services through instant messaging, phone calls and other forms.
Email: rbaguma[at]cit.ac.ug, henry.nsubuga[at]mak.ac.ug
Call for Applications: PhD Fellowships in Bioethics (4th Cohort)
Applications are invited for PhD fellowships in bioethics from Makerere University College of Health Sciences (CHS) faculty and individuals who participate in the academic activities of the college who are interested and COMMITTED to becoming bioethics scholars.
Successful applicants should be willing to become bioethics scholars as they work within the structured and mentored training programme with a focus on any aspect of international research bioethics related to Health Sciences. Funding will be available to support 2 successful doctoral candidates up to 3 years of accelerated training leading to the award of the Makerere University doctoral degree.
This training is open to faculty including people who contribute to teaching and research at Makerere University or one of its partner institutions in Uganda, who meet any of the following criteria:
a. Able to articulate a clear research bioethics problem of interest to them.
b. Demonstrate prior participation in bioethics, beyond having submitted research proposals to an IRB.
c. Demonstrate a basic understanding of bioethics in order to know that this is an appropriate next step for the applicant.
d. Demonstrate past active participation in bioethics in health service delivery or at the interface of health related ethical-legal issues
e. Provide evidence of experience in research in bioethics and or authorship in this field
f. Prior master’s level or fellowship level training in bioethics or related fields.
Criteria for Selection
- Demonstrated interest in doctoral research training and conducting research with a focus on
- Potential to handle rigorous academic requirements of the doctoral program.
- Having a plan for career development
- Capacity towards attaining research leadership and international recognition in bioethics.
- Female candidates and medical doctors are especially encouraged to apply
Applications must be submitted to makbioethics[at]gmail.com and should consist of a cover letter (1 page only), a resume (not more than 3 pages), a personal statement (Maximum 1 page), a Makerere University formatted PhD research concept (Maximum 10 pages) and two letters of recommendation (sent separately by the referees to makbioethics[at]gmail.com). The personal statement should include your contribution to the academic and research life of a department at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, your aspirations for career progression in the next 5-7 years, research interests and any information you consider relevant.
Closing date for the receipt of applications is 8th October 2021.
Enquiries can be forwarded to the PI, of the PhD bioethics research training Program on makbioethics[at]gmail.com
- Application deadline: October 8, 2021
- Interviews: October 15, 2021
- Notification date: October 22, 2021
- Proposed start date: November 1, 2021
Part of this training will take place at Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics in the USA in Year 1 for a total of 2-3 months. Successful candidates will receive a monthly stipend based on USA National Institutes of Health regulations, tuition, research funds and travel to the USA. Applicants should demonstrate excellent communications skills and will be expected to work as part of a highly motivated, result oriented bioethics group.
IDI Supports Wakiso’s Point of Care Electronic Medical Records
The Makerere University Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) Kampala Region HIV Project handed over equipment worth UGX 460,000,000 to the Wakiso District Leadership to support Point of Care Electronic Medical Records (EMR-POC). This was made possible with support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The equipment includes Computers, furniture, biometric scanners and networking equipment for a wireless mesh. In attendance was the Wakiso District Leadership led by the Principal assistant secretary, Ms. Babirye Olivia, as well as representatives from IDI and Mildmay Uganda.