“Swashakthi” Human Development Programme

Key Intervention: 4 - Savbhagya Diviwaruna

Sub Intervention: 4.2

Implementation of psycho-social support programme


Healthy Ways to Cope during Covid 19 Pandemic Lockdown Period
Programme summary:

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on the lives of many living in urban area. Facing challenges during a lockdown period can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in both adults and children. The COVID-19 virus outbreak has affected the socio-economic status of the poorer communities. This is particularly evident to people living in urban settlements where large crowds live in close proximity.

As the COVID-19 pandemic and its far-reaching implications continue to unfold globally and in our communities, it’s normal for people to experience mixed range of thoughts, feelings and reactions due to the lockdown and consequent downturn in employment opportunities as most of the people living in these communities are involved in informal employment.

With the intention of reducing the feeling of isolation, stress and anxiety in urban communities, a special discussion was organized on the topic of “Healthy ways to cope during Covid 19 pandemic lockdown period”. This discussion was conducted for the communities in 27 settlements around the country. 82 people joined the programme via ZOOM along with the staff of the SM division.

The programme was conducted on 4th June from 10am to 12 noon. Technical guidance was provided by Mr. J A Milroy, professional and a counselor in the field of psychology. The discussed topics include:

  • COVID-19: common reactions
  • Strategies to cope with stress, anxiety or distress
  • Learning how to protect yourself and family from COVID-19
  • Changing the way you think
  • Helping Others(family members) cope

An informative presentation was done with a Q and A session at the end for participants to air their views. Positive feedbacks were received by participants for the programme conducted.

The series of similar discussions will continue which no doubt will bring relief for urban underserved communities providing necessary assistance to overcome stress, anxiety and distress during a pandemic period.