With highly infectious nature of COVID-19, families are struggling to say goodbye to their loved ones in hospital. From funerals in isolation to grieving alone, this is how bereavement has changed in COVID-19 pandemic. Because of social distancing measures many children/youths have become disconnected from friendships and social interactions resulting in loneliness, Isolation and at risk of mental decline. Project exist to relieve isolation of children/youths from low income families, experiencing bereavement due to COVID-19 by providing therapies to aid their mental wellbeing.
Project AIMS to:
Over 24 weeks we plan to host:
This project will address gaps in bereavement-care of families by taking preventative approach ensuring bereaved children/young people will have support they need at time they need it to stay active and engaged with their communities by:
Project will be promoted through website/social media-inform current and future research on virtual therapeutics of bereavement and mental health.
Through telephone networks, website and social media these children, young people and their families will be brought together with persons going through similar issues of Bereavement, creating stronger, healthier relationships. As they talk about their feelings sharing memories of the deceased person will bring mental relief, contentment and healing. Talking with friends and family can be one of the most helpful ways to cope after someone close dies. Having a local virtual befriender will avoid families feeling isolated/lonely thereby aid community cohesion. To support at the earliest stage and prevent mental decline, Befrienders will advise those experiencing severe symptoms or flashbacks; to contact Cruse or their GP for further advice and support. This will help bring people together and build stronger relationships in and across communities. Inter-agency interventions will keep children and teenagers occupied through virtual games, drones and online games while maintaining contact with other young befrienders to help deal with their emotions/fears at an early stage.
|1||Outcome||Improved knowledge of how bereavement affects children/young people mental and physical health.|
|2||Outcome||Improved access to support for bereaved families|
|3||Outcome||Increased knowledge safeguarding to support long-term mental and physical health|
|4||Outcome||Developed new model of working with refugees/asylum-seekers bereaved children/young people with no opportunities of going back to their homelands|
|5||Outcome||Improved self-help and peer-support to reduce loneliness and social-isolation|
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‘KOVID TEARS’ exist to relieve isolation of children/youths from low income families, experiencing bereavement due to COVID-19 by providing therapies to aid their mental wellbeing.
– Children/young people virtual group resilience and communication skills training
– Telephone and online helpline-chat including bereavement counselling
– Mental-health virtual discussion, board-games and group-chats
– Training of childhood-bereavement counsellors
House of Africa Foundation exist to relieve isolation of families from low income communities, experiencing hardships by providing platform to aid their wellbeing.
– Virtual group resilience and communication skills training
– Telephone and online helpline-chat including mental health /bereavement counselling
– Community virtual discussion boards, games and group-chats
– Training of counsellors
– Online counselling, coaching and mentoring telephone calls
– Job searching skills, apprentice applications assistance, CV writing and interview skills, ICT and coding skills training
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