Calm Your Child’s Coronavirus Fears

How to talk to your child about Coronavirus

Public health emergencies are not easy for anyone to comprehend or accept—especially children. Creating an open environment, where children feel free to ask questions, will help them to cope during stressful times.

  • Create an open and supportive environment where children know they can ask questions.
  • Don’t force children to talk unless they are ready.
  • Answer questions honestly.
  • Use words a child can understand.
  • Acknowledge the child’s thoughts, feelings, and reactions. Let them know their questions and concerns are important.
  • Be reassuring, but don’t make unrealistic promises. It’s fine to let children know that they are safe in their house but you can’t promise that there will be no cases of coronavirus in your community.
  • Let children know that there are lots of people to help.
  • Take a break from television and other media.
  • Get some exercise or go for a walk.

Children learn from watching their parents and teachers and listening to their conversations. Stay calm and be thoughtful about what you say.

These tips were adapted from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, visit: www.aacap.org

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Coronavirus

Taking Care Of Your Mental Health During Coronavirus Outbreak

Feelings of anxiety, distress and concern many people may be experiencing in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) are offered this wellbeing advice;

Try to maintain perspective
Find a healthy balance in relation to media coverage
Access good quality information
Try to maintain a practical and calm approach
Try not to make assumptions

Families and caregivers of children and young people should discuss news of the virus with those in their care in an open and honest way. Try to relate the facts without causing alarm, and in a way that is appropriate for their age and temperament. It is important to listen to any questions they may have, to let them know that they are safe and that it’s normal to feel concerned.

If the media or the news is getting too much for them, encourage them to limit their exposure. This video has some useful tips for talking to young people about scary stuff in the news.

For more, check out this link;

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

UNICEF – Six Strategies For Teenagers To Protect Their Mental Health During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Being a teenager is difficult no matter what, and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is making it even harder. With school closures and cancelled events, many teens are missing out on some of the biggest moments of their young lives — as well as everyday moments like chatting with friends and participating in class.

For teenagers facing life changes due to the outbreak who are feeling anxious, isolated and disappointed, know this: you are not alone. We spoke with expert adolescent psychologist, best-selling author and monthly New York Times columnist Dr. Lisa Damour about what you can do to practice self-care and look after your mental health.

  1. Recognize that your anxiety is completely normal
  2. Create distractions
  3. Find new ways to connect with your friends
  4. Focus on you
  5. Feel your feelings
  6. Be kind to yourself and others

To further expand on these strategies, read this article online at;

https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-teenagers-can-protect-their-mental-health-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Long-Term Antidepressant Use Raises Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

HealthDay News — Long-term antidepressant use increases the risk for type 2 diabetes onset in a time- and dose-dependent manner, according to a study published online Feb. 12 in Diabetes Care.

Hiroyuki Miidera, from the National Institute of Mental Health in Tokyo, and colleagues evaluated associations between the risk for new-onset type 2 diabetes mellitus and the duration of antidepressant use and the antidepressant dose, as well as antidepressant use and clinical outcomes after diabetes onset. The analysis included 90,530 propensity-matched participants.

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Mental health and substance abuse

Depression: Let’s talk

11 October 2016 – Depression is an illness that can happen to anybody. It causes mental anguish and affects people’s ability to carry out everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends.

At worst, depression can lead to suicide. Fortunately, depression can be prevented and treated.

On World Mental Health Day (10 October), the World Health Organization is launching a one-year campaign: Depression: let’s talk.

For more, click on this link;

http://www.emro.who.int/entity/mental-health/index.html