COVID-19! Argh!

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on all our lives over the last few months. It is the first time any of us have experienced something like this and it can feel scary and isolating trying to cope with the ever-changing situation around us.

What impact does Coronavirus have on our wellbeing?

For most people, COVID-19 has meant their school or workplace closing as well as other social environments no longer being available. It has meant staying away from loved ones, and spending more time alone or in the company of a small number of people. All of this can feel isolating and put strain on our close relationships.

We don’t know what will happen next in relation to COVID-19, and this uncertainty can be hard to cope with. Coming out of ‘lockdown’ and starting to socialise again or return to work or school may feel daunting after a long period away from these types of environments, and you may be feeling worried about your health or the health of those you love.

What kind of help is out there?

It is completely normal that you might be struggling to cope during these very strange and unpredictable times. Finding ways to look after yourself, maintain routine, connect to others, and express your feelings can help.

OTR is continuing to provide support sessions throughout lockdown, and these are running online instead of in-person.

In line with government restrictions and to protect the health and safety of our young people, staff and volunteers, all OTR buildings remain closed for the foreseeable future and there is no delivery of any face-to-face support.

However, as you will have seen, we have worked really hard to provide digital alternatives for all of our offers. You can visit the project pages on this website to find out more about each offer and sign up if you like the sound of it. These sessions have been going really well and young people are telling us they’re super-helpful. You can expect the same warm, safe and friendly environment from OTR online as you would if you came to us in person.

In addition to these sessions that require a sign-up, we’re also posting loads of informative and entertaining stuff on our social media. Each Monday, you can visit our website, social media, or get our newsletter, to find out what we have in store for the week ahead. We’re providing really practical mental health and wellbeing tips about dealing with challenges the Coronavirus throws up, as well as other fun videos, quizzes and live streams. Please share these schedules around as you see them, as you may have friends who want to join in/watch!

We appreciate that this is a really difficult time, and for many of you, OTR’s services and projects are an important part of your journey to feeling better and looking after yourself. Please stay in touch, keep talking, and let us know what would be useful to you. We really are listening and responding to what you tell us is helpful.

We also really recommend some brilliant other services, which you can read about here.

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