Red Cross launches free emotional support to young people struggling in pandemic
The Red Cross teamed up with Blijf Overeind to offer free emotional support for young people struggling in the coronavirus pandemic. A survey by the aid organization showed that "loneliness, fear and sadness are common among young people who mainly spend their time for work or studies at home", Red Cross said on Monday.
The aid organization surveyed over 700 young people between the ages of 16 and 30 and found that 55 percent of them sometimes feel lonely, 45 percent sometimes feel anxious, and 68 percent sometimes feel sad. Two thirds said they dread the coming dark winter days mixed with the coronavirus and measures to curb its spread. 73 percent are worried about the future.
"Talking about feelings is important for good mental health. But talking or asking for help is sometimes easier said than done," the Red Cross said. Over 25 percent of respondents said they find it difficult to ask someone they know well for help. 52 percent find it difficult to ask for professional help.
The Red Cross, in collaboration with Blijf Overeind, therefore launched a hotline through which young people can have a free conversation with a coach. The sessions last for 30 minutes, and the young person decides what to talk about. A session can be booked here.
The Red Cross also compiled a list of tips on how to stay mentally healthy, such as making sure to structure your day, continuing to eat healthy, and continuing to exercise.