This experience has allowed the exchange of experiences and learnings between the two universities.
College alliances for mental health
Since last Friday, November 27, a delegation of specialists in Psychology and Psychiatry of UNAN-Managua are located in the facilities of the URACCAN Bilwi enclosure, with the purpose of performing individual therapies, therapeutic workshops and group therapies to the entire university community that has been emotionally affected by the passage of hurricanes Eta and Iota , as well as the Covid-19 pandemic. This is done under the good management of Dr. Alta Hooker Blandford, rector of URACCAN, and by the alliances that remain with national universities.
According to the Licda. Teisey Allen, professor of psychology on the premises, the attention provided by the specialists has been relevant to the current context that is lived in the North Caribbean, especially in Puerto Cabezas, "when we received them we made a contextualization about what our region is like, how it is our current context in which we are and managed to appropriate very well these elements to create methodologies landed in the needs of each one".
Allen also stated that despite the fact that there have been major catastrophes that have happened in Bilwi, and that, therefore, the population is affected not only by the losses of their infrastructures, but also in mental health, however, this has been to strengthen URACCAN's alliances with national universities, "the bonds of solidarity and brotherhood between universities (...) , in these difficult times are the ones that gave their hands, and they are helping to restore and stabilize our university, in this enclosure mainly," he said.
While Mr. Leslie Torres, coordinator of the Vocational and Psychological Guidance Directorate of UNAN-Managua, exalted that his stay at URACCAN Bilwi precinct has been a teaching-learning process. "We have brought some knowledge, but we have also gained knowledge from people, the community, mainly teachers, workers, administrators and the university community, including students (internal and external scholarships) we have had the opportunity to talk to them about feeling their entire situation about the events when Hurricanes Eta and Iota passed," he concluded.