How to Manage Coronavirus Anxiety During Pregnancy

Around the world, the rapid spread of the coronavirus and attempts to slow down the virus’s spread have led to dramatic shifts in day-to-day life and routines. Everyone feels uneasy by the news, not to mention the social distancing guidelines which require us to adopt self-isolation. These are stressful times. But for moms-to-be, there are additional concerns, too.

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Mental Health & COVID-19

WHO, together with partners, is providing guidance and advice during the COVID-19 pandemic for health workers, managers of health facilities, people who are looking after children, older adults, people in isolation and members of the public more generally, to help us look after our mental health.

Further materials relating to looking after our mental health during the COVID pandemic will be added to this page as they become available.

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    COVID-19 and Mental Health in Children

    This animated video, produced by Save The Children Nepal, explains the various signs of mental distress in children due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the video, parents should watch for their children exhibiting quick temper, panic, restlessness, changes in appetite, shyness, loss of interest, or other behaviors which would reflect poor mental health.

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    Talking to Children about Illness and Death of a Loved One during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    In the midst of the devastating death toll and hospitalizations from COVID-19, the psychological effect of the pandemic on children has been sadly overlooked.

    The overwhelming media coverage and barrage of public health messages sustain a high level of physical and emotional threat within our communities, which is intensely observed by children. Age-appropriate explanations are paramount to ensure children have a coherent narrative and emotional support for their experiences. This article offers some guidelines on talking to children about these issues.

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      Basic Psychosocial Skills: A Guide for COVID-19 Responders

      This Guide aims to help orient people supporting the COVID-19 response to integrate psychosocial support skills into their daily work, thereby making a difference to the well-being of people they come into contact with during the pandemic. More specifically, the Guide is intended for health and social workers; emergency responders; people working in food stores, public transport, funeral parlours and pharmacies; employers and managers; and people who are providing support to vulnerable family members or members of their community.

      The illustrated chapters provide practical advice for taking care of one’s own mental well-being, communicating with empathy, and helping people suffering from stress or severe distress. Case studies and tips to remember are included throughout.

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      • Tyler Best
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      Animated Video about COVID-19 and Kindness

      This video uses characters from the movie “Despicable Me” who let their love and kindness show and show ways to keep themselves and their communities safe during this unprecedented time.

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        Gender Norms and the Coronavirus

        There is now emerging a wealth of commentary on the gendered implications of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. We know that crises can spur new ways of behaving, sometimes leading to shifts in gender norms and underpinning sustained change towards gender equality. But with the fast spreading coronavirus pandemic many gender inequalities have already been intensified as existing discriminatory and harmful norms continue or worsen in the face of change such as violence against women, which has intensified globally under lockdowns and in the face of economic stress.

        ALIGN is currently analysing what leads to shifts in gender norms both during and after crises to enhance knowledge and innovation among our community, and we will be sharing new resources as they become available. Highlighted on this site are resources produced by ALIGN and their partners relating to Covid-19 (and non-communicable diseases more broadly) and gender norms.

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          Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: An Illustrated Guide

          Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: An Illustrated Guide is a stress management guide for coping with adversity. The guide aims to equip people with practical skills to help cope with stress. A few minutes each day are enough to practice the self-help techniques. The guide can be used alone or with the accompanying audio exercises.

          Informed by evidence and extensive field testing, the guide is for anyone who experiences stress, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances.

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            Mental Health and COVID-19

            This short video in Tagalog describes how to cope with stress and anxiety during this time of COVID-19. This can be shared online through social media channels.

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              Radio Drama about Mental Health and COVID-19

              This short radio drama describes how to cope with stress and anxiety during this time of COVID-19.

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