The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire population of the world, impacting health, food supply chain, disrupting the economy, livelihood, social interactions, and lifestyles of people. This talk will focus on addressing how the COVID-19 pandemic can be likened to a traumatic stressor.
Due to the pandemic, mental health professionals observed that children and adolescents exhibit PTSD-like symptoms which resulted in a range of mental health-related issues. In addition, the presentation will explore how counsellors can support young people to process their experiences and to gain a more constructive and positive meaning of what they have gone through. Finally, the session will address the role of parents, teachers and anyone who works and interacts with children and adolescents, as they are well-placed to facilitate the development of skills and coping strategies to help young people build resilience and be better equipped to manage future challenges and crises.
Ms Michelle Koay, Psychotherapist, St. Josephs Institution International