Our Head Counsellor discussing mental health and well-being with Secondary students at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
The world around us has been turned upside down by the global pandemic. We have all been confronted by the reality of our fragility. Yet, there is so much power in our fragility.
There has not been just one lockdown. We all had our own experience. Some people saw it as an experience of growth and learning, as an opportunity to connect on a deeper level with family and friends, and as a time to slow down and savour meaningful moments. For others faced with diseases, losses and months of unbroken isolation and loneliness, it has been a time of deep sadness and hardships.
Uncertainty and chaos are an unavoidable part of our current reality. Children’s reactions may go from showing signs of distress, such as fear, anxiety and confusion, to finding moments of hope and resilience all around them despite the uncertainty.
The question is how can our children manage uncertainty and the emotions they experience with it?