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Mental Health Considerations

1. Don't attach COVID-19 to any ethnicity or nationality.

2. Don’t refer to people with the disease as “COVID-19 cases”, “victims” “COVID-19 families” or the “diseased”. The correct terms are:

 “people who have COVID-19”,

“people who are being treated for
COVID-19”,

“people who are recovering from COVID-19” 

3. Protect yourself and be supportive to others. 

4. Honor caretakers and healthcare workers supporting people affected with COVID-19. Acknowledge the role they play to save lives and keep your loved ones safe.

5. Help children find positive ways to express disturbing feelings such as fear and sadness. Sometimes engaging in a creative activity, such as playing, and drawing can facilitate this process. Children feel relieved if they can
express and communicate their disturbing feelings in a safe and supportive environment.

6. Maintain familiar routines in daily life as much as possible, especially if children are confined to home. Provide engaging age appropriate activities for children.

7. During times of stress and crisis, it is common for children to seek more attachment and be more demanding on parents. Discuss the COVID-19 with your children in honest and age appropriate information. Children will observe adults’ behaviors and emotions for cues on how to manage their own emotions during difficult times.

8. Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that cause you to feel anxious or distressed; seek information mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones. Get facts. 

 

Source

Adapted from World Health Organisation