The AUCA Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) organized a series of online seminars where mental health professionals from the AUCA Advisory Service discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic can affect people's psychological state, talked about ways to cope with frightening emotions, disproportionate fear, and suggested effective methods of help. that contribute to increasing adaptation to new difficult conditions.
In the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, we receive daily reports from the global “front”: the number of infected people is growing exponentially, frightening mortality rates, conflicting forecasts, the failure of the health systems of different countries, disproportionate actions of governments that make hasty and rash decisions.
And how does this all affect us? When there is little certainty in what is happening, a blow is struck to our consciousness, giving rise to disproportionate fears, anxiety and, as a result, destructive behavior. In fact, society receives a “bonus" in the form of a highly contagious virus of fear and panic, which affects people at a faster rate than the ill-fated microbe itself.
Webinars were streamed online nation-wide via Kaktus media, leading news agency.