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In such times of heightened fear and anxiety, it also helps to remember that we should be extra kind and helpful to one another. Our student support services are ready to do their part. Here is advice derived from the International Schools' Counselors' Association, about what families can do in such circumstances:  

1. Stay Positive : Remember to keep calm. Children will pick up on the anxiety or fear that we, as adults, may feel or express causing them to also feel nervous and afraid. Comments made, reactions to news or changes to the environment and routines can create unease. Check-in on how your child is feeling and acknowledge and address their worries rather than ignore them.  Having calm, panic-free discussions can offer a chance to share emotions and ask questions about what is happening around them. Helpful advice from Psychology Today.

2. Stick to the facts: As you discuss, remember to look at the facts. Consider your child’s age, processing, and emotions to determine how to frame these conversations. Let them know that there are no cases to date in North Macedonia. If your child has additional questions you can look to find the answers. It can also be comforting to be reminded that doctors around the world are looking for ways to address the coronavirus and highlight positive news as well (eg. There are tests for the virus and many patients recover and have been released from hospital already) 

3. Consider Media Consumption: When looking online, be mindful of how much media you are checking and how often. Think before and how you share what you read and hear. Take time to discuss that not everything they hear or see is real, consider the source of information and remember to fact-check to prevent fake news. 

4. Eliminate stigma: Be mindful of how the coronavirus is explained to your children to avoid any person/group being blamed. Be sure to explain that if someone has a fever or cough, that does not mean a person automatically has the coronavirus. 

5. Boost Your Coping Strategies: Use positive coping strategies to manage emotions and worries that may arise. Practice positive strategies to calm down or modify thinking to improve outlook and overall well-being. Coping strategies can include: positive self-talk, singing, dancing, reading, drawing, music, Netflix/movies, create a gratitude list, meditation, yoga, coloring, exercise, cooking/baking, talking to a friend or family member, or doing other activities that are fun or give you joy and make you feel good. 

Psych Central - Four ways to cope with fear

Australian Psychological Society - Advice for positive mental health.

If you notice your child is still worried or anxious, be assured that this is a normal reaction, and continue the conversations and providing care for your child. If you find that additional support is needed, please reach out to talk with your child's teacher or Counselor to plan on how to support them during this time.