30 April 2021 By Sakina Ahmed
Nigerian journalists have been advised to be cautious of their physical and mental health at all times.
A Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the Department of Psychology University of Lagos, Dr. Uzo Israel gave the advice during her presentation at a one day webinar organized by the international press center in collaboration with the international Freedom of Expression Exchange in Yola, Adamawa State.
According to her, the COVID 19 pandemic was ravaging all areas of human life which had led to diverse mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder among others.
Dr Israel added that for journalists particularly investigative reporters to be able to discharge their duties deligently, they must be healthy physically and mentally.
While explaining how stress affects the body, the psychologist mentioned techniques that would aid in managing posttraumatic stress.
“Research has shown that relaxation exercise is as effective as using tranquilizers in stress management”
Earlier, the Executive Director International Press Center, Lanre Arogundade said, the webinar attracted fifty (50) journalists from the print, broadcast, bloggers and online journalists among whom are those that were assaulted and harassed in different ways in the course of covering the current covid 19 pandemic in the Northern states.
Arogundade was optimistic that the webinar would help participants build their technical and journalistic skills on essential of safety in investigative reporting, digital security and management of posttraumatic stress disorder.
“Participating journalists are expected to be able to practice with increased confidence and manage dangerous situations effectively.”