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The Virtual Cavalry: Telehealth & Crisis Response

by Elsie Ramsey, Dr. Jarone Lee, Dr. Bob Arnot and Marianna Petrea-Imenokhoeva For a sector that experts used to call a “closed market,”, the humanitarian aid economy has undergone enormous growth in the last several years.  Jump-started by the acute need produced by the pandemic, relief work’s integration of telehealth gives numerous sectors the ability […]

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Is It Time To Revise The COVID Mental Health Narrative?

There’s no arguing with numbers but that doesn’t mean that the recently released BMJ study suggesting the pandemic’s impact on mental health was negligible isn’t perplexing. The study’s authors, listed here, compared symptoms reported before and during the pandemic, finding “most symptom change estimates for general mental health, anxiety symptoms, and depression symptoms were close

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What Does Radical Self Love Mean? by Elsie Ramsey

Today I listened to a message about ego. The Reverend Phil asked a congregation worshipping virtually — many likely disheveled and still in pajamas — ”what is the source of your righteousness”? Is it the clothes you wear? The restaurants where you (used) to eat? Your political affiliation? Your preferred streaming platform? That last one

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Crisis and Collective Vulnerability by Elsie Ramsey

In New York and elsewhere in the States, we’re starting to close down. A hush falls. A new place emerges. Memories come back of emergencies large and less so: 9/11, the 2003 blackout, Super Storm Sandy. The standard rules of engagement are off. We enter into more creative and intimate encounters–less transactional; more substantive. “How

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