Mental Health Ireland has launched a ‘family wellbeing toolkit’ to help people manage family wellbeing during the coronavirus crisis.
The NGO says an increasing number of people are struggling with anxiety, depression and other psychological effects of the pandemic. Its toolkit was developed with a view to improving communication and relationships during these challenging times.
It recommends the use of reassuring language and affirmative phrases such as ‘staying at home’ and ‘were in this together,’ as opposed to ‘isolation’ and ‘lockdown.’
The guide also stresses the importance of validating each other’s feelings. It says this is especially important for children.
Mental Health Ireland also recommends that we disconnect from media every once in a while.
Made up of simple checklists and schedules, the toolkit aims to help provide a structure for everyday life.
Fórsa official Dessie Robinson says it’s extremely important to focus on our mental health at this time. “While we focus on our physical health, mental wellbeing is too often ignored. It’s natural to feel anxious, but this crisis has also provided an opportunity to reconnect with our family and friends.
“It’s never been easier or more important to do so with all the technology at our fingertips, and informative resources like this toolkit,” he said.
The guide also stresses the importance of knowing when to ask for help, and advises us to reach out when we feel stressed or overwhelmed.
Read the full list of tips and resources HERE.
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