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The spread and impact of the novel coronavirus has seen the implementation of various forms of managed isolation and / or quarantine arrangements (MIQ) around the world. This blogpost is all about the different psychological impacts that being in quarantine can have on people, what the causes might be, and what we can do to help minimise those impacts.
Perhaps, somewhat ironically, anxiety isn’t something that we aim to perhaps eliminate, like we have done here in New Zealand with the coronavirus, but it might be something we need to learn to live with instead.
When we find out about unexpected events that break our expectations – what we thought was supposed to be happening to protect us and keep us secure actually looks like it wasn’t actually happening at all, well it can bring up all kinds of difficult emotions. And worries too. This article is about those emotions and worries, what’s happening that’s perhaps making you feel like this, and what you can do.
At the core of returning to a more social life, there may linger a sense of persistent anxiety for some. There’s some indication that at least the short term as we emerge out of lockdown, a higher proportion of people may experience anxious feelings. But it’s important to remember that experiencing some anxiety is normal.
If you work in psychologically-informed ways, in comms, strategic comms, health, welfare, HR, emergency management, central Government or local Government, then I recommend you watch this.
The second discussion paper of the Koi Tū: The Future is Now Series, titled He Oranga Hou: Social cohesion in a post-COVID world, examines the critical issue of how New Zealand’s strong national unity during lockdown will become increasingly tested as economic consequences are more and more acutely felt. In mapping out the paths to return to the ‘new normal’, how do we ensure that social cohesion is maintained? I’m a co-author of this paper.
I’m doing a webinar next Wednesday 6th May at 12pm NZT. I’ll outline the main points from the Framework for Psychosocial Support published by the Ministry of Health in 2016, and how this translates to a new New Zealand Government Psychosocial Response Framework for COVID-19 – drawing upon what I’ve learned from the past 14 years working in Disaster Mental Health and Emergency Management and my experiences as a psychologist and policy maker.
Today at 2.30 pm I’m going live with Robyn Shearer, Deputy Director-General of Mental Health and Addictions at the Ministry of Health, to talk about the importance of looking after your mental wellbeing during these unusual times.