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Cork City Council Help Line

A dedicated community support helpline is available from 8am-8pm seven days a week to help ensure that vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels and can avail of social care supports, if needed.

The Cork City Covid-19 CRF helpline is 1800-222-226. Support can also be accessed via covidsupport@corkcity.ie

The Community Call- A guide for volunteers shopping on behalf of others

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The outbreak of COVID 19 globally is a source of significant stress, anxiety, worry and fear for many people. This arises from the disease itself, as well as from impacts such as increased social isolation, disruption to daily life and uncertainty about employment and financial security.

The Government Action Plan in response to Covid-19 acknowledges the importance of people maintaining their wellbeing and resilience to push through this unprecedented outbreak.

The Department of Health and the HSE, in collaboration with key cross-Government and cross-sectoral partners, have been developing a mental wellbeing campaign aimed at offering support and resources to help deal with the stress, anxiety and isolation currently experienced by many people.

The campaign, which is hosted on gov.ie, points people to the HSE’s Your Mental Health supports and resources which include many online and telephone services, as well as providing tips and advice from cross-Government and Healthy Ireland partners on topics such as physical activity, parenting, coping with daily routines, supporting the ‘cocooned’ and getting involved in the community solidarity efforts.

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Grieving in Exceptional Times, The Irish Hospice Foundation

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the traditional ways we mark our grief. For the moment, it is not possible to come together and to gather in one location. It is not possible to have a large funeral. It may not be possible to receive the company of those who wish to offer condolences. However, we can support ourselves and each other in different ways.Grieving in Exceptional TImes can be accessed Here

Explaining COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to Children

Let the child/young person’s questions and their age guide as to how much information to provide:

  • Very young children need brief, simple information and reassurance that they are safe and that the people they care about are safe. They may ask Will I get sick? Will granny/grandad die?
  • Reassure them that nurses and doctors are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy
  • Explain that at the present moment very few people in this country are sick with the virus
  • Tell them that not everyone will get the virus and that the vast majority who get it recover fully
  • Older children may need help to separate reality from rumour and fantasy. Either provide or direct them to where they can find accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control
  • Children and young people look to the adults in their lives to guide them on how to react to worrying and stressful events.
    If the adults in their lives seem overly worried, their own anxiety may rise:
  • If they are anxious, let them talk about their feelings and guide them in reframing their thoughts and concerns to a more helpful way of thinking
  • Give them extra attention and time, to talk about their concerns, fears, and questions. o Remember they do not always talk about their concerns readily. Watch for clues that they may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes and so on
  • It is very typical for younger children to ask a few questions, return to playing and then come back with further questions

Department of Health and Department of Education and Skill