COVID-19! Argh!

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on all our lives over the last few years. It was and still is the first time any of us have experienced something like this and it can feel scary and isolating.

What impact does Coronavirus have on our wellbeing?

For most people, COVID-19 meant their school or workplace closed, or had different arrangements, at different times in the last few years. Also, other social environments may have been unavailable, may not have reopened since the lockdowns, or be operating differently. Over the last few years we have been asked to stay away from loved ones, forcing us to spend more time alone or in the company of a small number of people. This may have felt isolating and put strain on our close relationships.

COVID-19 has been unpredictable and the ongoing uncertainty can be hard to cope with. Coming out of ‘lockdown’ and socialising again or returning to work or school may have been daunting after a long period away from these types of environments, and you may still 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 following 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 now offering sessions both online and offline, in response to your feedback that you find this hybrid approach helpful. Check each project page to find out what is running online, and what takes place in-person. 

Our online 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.

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.

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