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Young people feeling the stress of pandemic disruption

Sandy De Silva, PhD, is the executive director of Family Centre

Depression and anxiety are on the rise among young people, according to the Family Centre, as cases of Covid-19 surge on the island.

The charity reminded the community its team was “ready to assist you without judgment” at no out-of-pocket cost to families.

Sandy De Silva, the executive director, said: “Predictability is a significant stabilising force for children and adolescents.

“This has certainly been disrupted since the rise in Covid-19 cases.”

She said the disruption for parents could also interfere with their ability to address their children’s emotional needs.

Dr De Silva called on the community, especially families with children, to discuss how they are feeling on a consistent basis.

Susan Richardson, Family Centre’s director of counselling services, said people also risked getting overwhelmed by too much information via news and social media.

The charity said families with children ages 4 to 18 who were experiencing challenges could call 232-1116 or e-mail info@familycentre.bm for help.

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Published December 10, 2020 at 7:55 am (Updated December 09, 2020 at 3:16 pm)

Young people feeling the stress of pandemic disruption

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