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Teenager Responses to COVID-19

Being a teenager is difficult no matter what, and COVID-19 is making it even harder. You might feel overwhelmed by the information, conversations and the increased levels of stress in your community. 

During this time some things in your life may be affected by attempts to contain the spread of the virus. You may have been looking forward to a gig or a trip that’s been cancelled. You may be affected by school, uni or your workplace temporarily closing. Or you may have a loved one who is directly affected by the virus. 

It’s important to find the right level or type of support for you. And keep in mind that the type of support you may need can change as time passes. For many people staying connected to family and friends/loved ones is important. It can help to talk with a trusted adult if it all feels a bit much.

Be mindful of exposure to information through social media. It can be helpful to take a break from the 24-hour news cycle.

Do things that make you feel physically and emotionally safe, and be with those who are helpful to your wellbeing

Engage in activities that promote a sense of calm and feeling grounded (use of alcohol and other drugs can be counterproductive with this).

If you are worried that you are experiencing symptoms, it is important to speak to your parents or a trusted adult about it. It’s also important to remember, that many of the symptoms of COVID-19 can be treated. 

Source: UNICEF and Headspace websites.

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