Counselling agency and resilience hub Skylight is emailing packs designed for children, teenagers and adults containing resources to help deal with anxiety and stress around the Covid-19 lockdown.
The e-packs have been positively received by families, health professionals, educators and support workers nationwide.
When the lockdown began Skylight had just finished producing a resilience support information pack and a job loss support information pack in response to enquiries from people around New Zealand.
One of the e-pack recipients was grandmother Brigitte.
“Wow, this is incredible. From my family to yours, thank you so very much. We appreciate all you are doing to support us and our kids at this scary time. My daughter is delighted,” she said.
Mark of Student Life Services at Massey University said “These are brilliant stuff, thank you Skylight”.
And after receiving her Covid e-pack health social worker Sandra emailed to say, “Thank you so much for the information, and for the researching of it, for families. People who are stressed find the information easy to consider and something to guide them”.
The e-packs for children/teens include resources about how to strengthen children and teens against anxiety after news of a world trauma, helping children cope with fears and worries and coping skills for managing emotions. The e-pack for adults includes information about anxiety management strategies, adapting to change and possible job loss.
Demand for resilience support
Skylight CEO Heather Henare says there has been a big demand for the resilience hub support information during this stressful time and she sees it continuing to increase.
Our sense of wellbeing, daily routines and long-term plans have been significantly altered by the threat of Covid-19.
“Past experiences have shown that young people and children, will pick up fear and anxiety from adults. It is important to talk to children and young people and reassure them and explain what is going on.”
Skylight Counselling Co-ordinator Vonnie Marshall says Skylight is offering skype counselling with 13 counsellors able to discuss anything from the fear of what is happening right now, or strategies for parenting during lock down. They can also discuss job loss threat, redundancies and managing existing low to medium mental health concerns.
“For some people this time of great change comes on top of a bereavement and our counselling and resources will help to bring comfort and practical ideas. We are already receiving feedback from clients such as, ‘I really appreciate the effort and funding you have accessed for me’.”
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