At the stroke of midnight on Thursday 26th March, South Africa went into a nationwide lock-down, with the exception of essential services. The lockdown, is government’s bid to contain and slow down the spread of the Coronavirus in the country. The announcement comes a week after the President declared the outbreak a national state of disaster. Exempt from this lockdown are the health workers in the public and private sectors. As a clinical psychologist, registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, I am an essential service provider. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Covid-19 global crisis and the restrictive measures that many countries are taking to contain the outbreak can have a negative impact on people’s mental health and well-being. Isolation, physical distancing, the closure of schools and workplaces are challenges that affect us, and it is natural to feel depression, stress, anxiety, fear and loneliness at this time. As more and more people are obliged to remain in home quarantine or isolation with possible or proven coronavirus infection, experts agree that it is important to consider the effects of this pandemic on the mental health of people – while providing psychological support for the general public.
The clinical psychology practice of Beverly Slater remains operational during the Covid-19 global crisis. Please contact Beverly directly on 083 600 3773 or her rooms on 011 453 8733. Sessions can be arranged via Skype if preferred.
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