The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on all our lives. We just want to remind you that you are not alone. You are part of a Scout family and your mental and physical health is important to us.
We put together a few resources to help you and your loved-ones cope during these challenging times. However remember that talking to someone about your problems can help you manage your feelings and assist you in finding a way forward.
If you, a family member or friend feel overwhelmed, anxious and depressed, reach out for help. NPOwer is a free service offered to NPO’s and their volunteers. The free helpline is specifically there to help people in South Africa who are struggling with their mental health. If you are approached by a Scouting member who is reaching out for help, please listen patiently and encourage them to call NPOwer for help.
- Helpline 0800 515 515
- SMS number is 43010
- Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Online form: https://www.npowersa.org/online-form
Childline South Africa:
Childline SA is primarily a counselling service for children up to the age of 18. They chat to children from all over South Africa as well as adults that have concerns about children.The trained counsellers at Childline South Africa are ready to chat to you! Visit their Online Counselling chatrooms Monday-Friday, 2-6pm to chat to a counsellor, one on one in a private and confidential setting by clicking on this link: http://chat.childlinesa.org.za/status.php
Watch this video from World Scouting where Jay, nurse, shares some self-care tips for a healthy mind while we #StaySafe #TogetherAtHome
“People feel the lockdown has very much limited their decision-making and choices in daily life and it is important to try take control and manage our lives to create a feeling of personal strength.” Find more tips and advice from Pietermaritzburg-base clinical psychologist, Clive Willows about staying mentally strong mental during lockdown.
World Health Organisation: