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What We're Talking About This Week - September 11th

Indiana is allocating more than $19 million to school safety, allowing the board to fund all eligible, top priority projects. Technology should take center stage for higher education's reopening, helping schools to keep students safe and deliver on their promises. Wildfires are the first big test to COVID-19 firefighter safety plans, with thousands of firefighters deployed to fight mega-fires in the West. Ultraviolet light can make indoor spaces safer during a the pandemic, but the practice is not risk-free. The pandemic has researchers worried about teen suicide, as studies show rates of anxiety and depression increased since lockdown orders went into place in March.

Key Points: 

  • Teen and youth anxiety and depression are getting worse since COVID lockdowns began in March, early studies suggest, and many experts say they fear a corresponding increase in youth suicide. 
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed almost 10,000 Americans on their mental health. They found symptoms of anxiety and depression were up sharply across the board between March and June, compared with the same time the previous year. 
  • Almost 11 percent of all respondents to that survey said they had "seriously considered" suicide in the past 30 days. For those ages 18 to 24, the number was 1 in 4 — more than twice as high.
  • The stressors of COVID come as youth suicide was already at a record high before the pandemic, with increases every year since 2007. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 10-24, after accidents, as it has been for many years, according to the most recent data available from the CDC.

This Week From The Rave Team 

Read some of the stories our writers were most excited to share with you this week. To access all of our stories, check out our blog

How Colleges and Universities Are Recruiting Students For A Contact Tracing Workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the Fall semester for colleges and universities across the United States, with many schools opting for a fully remote semester or welcoming students back with strict social distancing measures in place. In August, many institutions had already begun to experience an outbreak of the coronavirus, requiring students to self-quarantine in their dorm rooms or return home after several weeks. However, some schools have found a creative strategy for preventing or mitigating COVID-19 transmission on campus - leveraging students for a contact tracing workforce.


7 Ways in Which IT Has Helped Us Cope during the COVID-19 Pandemic

If, a year ago, you had predicted the devastation that has occurred in the last six months, few people would have taken you seriously. Yet it's happened, and most of us have coped with it (so far). However, while each of us has our own coping mechanisms, one common factor has helped the majority of us cope during the COVID-19 pandemic more than any other - information technology or IT.


Managing Effective Communication in Long-term Care with Health Checks and COVID-19 Screenings


Those responsible for the safety of residents and employees in senior care facilities have been working double duty in 2020. In addition to the unprecedented devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic and adapting to a flurry of new guidance from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), they also needed to swiftly evolve to address a deluge of new health and safety concerns, as well as overall effective communication in long-term care (LTC).


Rave In The News

From new technology to new locks on classroom doors, Hillsdale College’s security team has been making serious improvements to campus this past year. Another ‘just in case’ security measure is something students can take with them wherever they go — the Rave Guardian app. The app allows safety teams to field key safety information from students to better manage safety throughout the year. 

Read the whole story here. 

Mary Kate McGrath
Mary Kate McGrath

Mary Kate is a content specialist and social media manager for the Rave Mobile Safety team. She writes about public safety for the state & local and education spheres.

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