Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak
By WHO and meme man
Messages for the general population:
- The virus affects many people from a lot of countries, please refrain from imitating the former US president by addressing it as the : [Redacted] virus, the virus from [Redacted] or the virus that those damn [Redacted] gave us.
- Reduce stigma by addressing people with the disease as such, not as a “victim”, as” case”, a “Covid-19 family”.
- Don’t watch news if it makes you anxious. Only take trustworthy information that definitely didn’t come from your aunt that found the news on a shady Facebook page that sells crystals and tells you the benefits of eating grass. You can trust the WHO website, the government. Knowledge should reduce fear.
- Protect yourself, support others. Don’t give up on the weak, forgetful grandmother who lives next door alone. Call her. Search for who might need extra assistance.
- Share and amplify positive stories about people recovering from COVID, people helping others, etc
- Honour carers and healthcare workers supporting people affected with COVID-19 in your community. Acknowledge the role they play in saving lives and keeping your loved ones safe.
Messages for people in isolation
7. Stay connected, maintain your social networks. Don’t give up on that dead group chat, because nobody else is gonna revive that. Try as much as possible to keep your personal daily routines, or create new routines if circumstances change. And as a matter of fact, it doesn’t involve being up watching Netflix until 2:00 am, skipping online classes and giving up on the world as a whole because this confinement sucks and it has been going on for so long and you can’t just go see the homies in person and online class is insanely exhausting and… Anyway, if your physical social contact are limited, use telephone, e-mail, social media or video conference to stay connected
8. When you feel stressed, pay close attention to your own needs and feelings, do healthy activities that you enjoy and that are relaxing. You should exercise, have a good sleeping routine and eat healthily. Don’t focus on your problems too much, keep things in perspective.
9. Again, don’t focus too much on news. You should only seek out important, verified information.