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The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is a source of significant stress, anxiety, worry and fear for many people. This arises from the disease itself, as well as from impacts such as increased social isolation, disruption to daily life and uncertainty about employment and financial security.
The Government Action Plan in response to COVID-19 acknowledges the importance of people maintaining their well-being and resilience to push through this unprecedented outbreak.
The Department of Health and the HSE, in collaboration with key cross-Government and cross-sectoral partners, have been developing a mental well-being campaign aimed at offering support and resources to help deal with the stress, anxiety and isolation currently experienced by many people.
We wish to encourage anyone who is struggling, to reach out and avail of range of online and phone supports, provided by the HSE and others organisations which can be found via the YourMentalHealth.ie website.
Free Online Stress Management Course
This week, the Health & Wellbeing team in the HSE launched a new initiative. Designed to help reduce stress and give you the tools to deal with the inevitable difficulties caused by the pandemic, Stresscontrol.org was launched on April 13th. These sessions are normally delivered in the community but due to recent events, Dr. Jim White is delivering these online. You can access the website to register for materials and videos, or simply stream the videos via YouTube.
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