Tips for support coordinators and support workers during the Coronavirus pandemic
For those of us supporting participants at this strange time, it has become obvious that our jobs have become more intense and extremely necessary!
Participants are feeling this isolation heavily. I have had some weeks. It is becoming difficult for any of us practice the healthy strategies that we have developed over our lives to help us manage our mental health. with supporting their participants.
- Telehealth or phone counselling may be one way that your participants can at least express their anxieties and stress
- Exercise, support people to find ways they can move or at least be outside.
- Yoga or gentle exercise via telehealth.
- More check-ins. Participants will be needing more intensive support at this time.
- Find services in the area that can deliver necessary items. There are some services that are using support workers to deliver food and essential items
- Connect, encourage participants to connect with family members and friends, help them find ways to do this. Stay connected yourself, you will need support to keep assisting your participants.
- If you find yourself struggling or anxious, reach out to someone who can help. It is going to be an unsettling period, don’t have expectations of yourself that are too high.
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