As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we wanted to highlight the importance of staying connected, especially during this uncertain time.
For many people we support, when the lockdown was introduced on March 24 their lives changed overnight. Suddenly, as we all became dependant on using technology to stay connected and our teams had to find new ways to help people we support to get online.
For anyone that knows Sarah, they know that hugs are essential to her wellbeing. When the lockdown was enforced on March 24 and social distancing measures introduced, Sarah found not seeing her friends and sister in person challenging... especially not being able to give them a hug.
Desperate to help her keep in touch with loved ones, her team worked with her family to introduce video calling to Sarah... with fantastic results.
With support, Sarah is now more social than ever and her mum has seen a difference in her mood. From WhatsApp video calls with friends to using a Facebook Portal device to contact her sister and taking part in Joe Wicks online PE sessions through YouTube, Sarah has gained new skills during this time which has given her a much-needed boost.