COVID-19

Here's Where To Find Affordable Therapy In Wichita

May 3, 2021
Wichita Journalism Collaborative

After more than a year of quarantines, business closures and working from home, some have realized that the difficulties brought on by the pandemic will stay with us for years to come.

COVID-19 raised collective awareness around mental health and well being, said Jessica Provines, assistant vice president for student affairs and wellness at Wichita State University.

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The latest Airline Quality Rating survey from Wichita State University shows the nation’s major airlines improved in almost all areas last year.

But as Dean Headley, one of the study’s authors, said, that’s not surprising considering how the pandemic affected air travel in 2020.

State officials told Kansas schools they could fill the air with chemical mist to fight COVID-19 in classrooms.

The suggested gadgets coat doorknobs, tables and other surfaces with disinfectant.

But when the Kansas News Service showed the state guidance on electrostatic sprayers and foggers to scientists, one called it “surprising and disappointing.” Another classified it as “a huge error.”

Wichita State Athletes’ Journeys Through Mental Health Struggles

Apr 28, 2021
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Just like many athletes across the country, Wichita State men’s tennis player Marius Frosa struggled in adjusting to the collegiate level.

Frosa, a native of Romania, has played the last five seasons with the Shockers. Wichita State men’s tennis coach Danny Bryan said Frosa had a difficult transition to WSU as he struggled with a negative mindset during matches on top of adjusting to a new country.

“He would get really down on himself, he’d be really tough on himself," Bryan said. "We definitely went through some tough times with him.

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Wichita public school enrollment fell by more than 2,600 students this year, a 5.6% drop that has officials scrambling to reconnect with families and get kids back.

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As a young girl growing up in Lebanon, Mona Nemer had to convince her teachers to allow her to study science.

Today, Dr. Mona Nemer — who has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Wichita State University — is the chief science advisor for Canada, providing advice and insight to Canada’s prime minister and his cabinet.

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Updated April 22

The Sedgwick County Health Department is offering more opportunities to get the COVID-19 vaccination in the next few weeks.

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Starting Monday, walk-ins will be allowed at Sedgwick County’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic inside the former central library in downtown Wichita.

The county has required appointments since the clinic opened in late December, but is shifting to the new strategy to get more people vaccinated against the disease. The online scheduling portal on the county’s website will still be available for appointments.

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Wichita's class of 2021 will have indoor, in-person graduation ceremonies.

Breaking The Stigma: How The Pandemic Has Helped People Open Up About Mental Health Struggles

Apr 19, 2021
Kansas News Service

The psychological toll of the coronavirus pandemic is undeniable. At the height of lockdowns last spring, one in three Americans displayed signs of clinical depression or anxiety, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

There’s no way to predict or quantify the long-term impact of this collective suffering, but experts say people are now discussing their mental health and wellbeing more freely than before the pandemic, providing a chance to break down some of the stigma that has long surrounded mental illness.

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