Cork Kerry Community Healthcare has launched a new set of video supports to help people to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this month, it launched a “Five ways over five days” series featuring a daily video with advice and support from Daniel Flynn, Principal Psychology Manager with Cork Kerry Mental Health Services.
Following on from this, it has now launched a new “Five more ways over five days series”, which starts today (Monday, April 20) with advice for caring for children aged under 12 during the pandemic.
In today’s video, Mr Flynn speaks with Ella Lovett, Principal Psychologist, and Specialist in Child and Adolescent Mental Health about the impact of the stress of the pandemic on children.
Ms Lovett says children may become more irritable or teary, may have more tantrums, or may have difficulties sleeping during this time as a result of stress.
She also provides advice on how to help children to cope, including helping children to keep in touch with friends.
Over the course of the week, videos will also be posted on areas including working with teenagers, working with people with intellectual disabilities, working with older people and those cocooning, and on mindfulness practices
“As we continue to follow national public health guidance we are aware that the measures are having a significant psychological impact on all parts of society. It can be particularly challenging for young people who are isolated from school friends and normal routines, and equally challenging for the other end of the age spectrum with older persons having to cocoon. Those in between have the worry of how to be both a good and effective parent and a supportive son or daughter to an older person that you cannot physically have contact with. It is an incredibly strange and stressful time for all, and even more so for families whose loved one has an intellectual disability which impacts their ability to fully understand or comply with the guidelines we need to follow to stay safe and well," said Mr Flynn.
He added: “Over the next five days, we will offer short daily videos online to help you in responding more effectively with psychological impact of COVID-19. The hope is that at the end of the week people will build on their skills from the first series but this time considering the needs of others in their environments.”
The daily videos will be posted on the Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Twitter page @CorkKerryCH and on youtube.
There are also resource sheets with additional skills and tips available on the HSE web site at https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/1/lho/kerry/healthy-ireland-/ that can be viewed or downloaded.