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Resilience: In a Time of Crisis
Being able to recover quickly through times of adversity is an essential skill needed to thrive in life. During this episode we will be looking at Resilience and Self-Leadership and how to develop them, as well as a glance back at history, how we have made it through tough times before, and how we can do it again.
During this time of uncertainty understanding mental health is more important than ever before. Talking about mental health is not reserved for therapy and counselling. In this episode we look at the difference between mental illness and mental health, why that’s important, and how to look after your well-being.
In this episode we dive into the cyber world and why it is important to understand the pro’s and con’s of using the internet. As the world moves more and more onto digital platforms and connecting via social media, an understanding of the responsibility we carry, and the South African law, is vital. The internet can be an unforgiving place and it’s important to know how to have fun, stay safe and stay out of trouble.
Mental Health II
According to The World Health Organization half of all mental health conditions start by 14 years of age but most go undetected and untreated. Engaging in conversations about mental health and mental illness are necessary for the healing and protection of teenagers in South Africa. During the COVID-19 pandemic this is an even more pressing issue. In this weeks episode we are looking at the main mental illnesses the youth of SA battle with, how to reduce stigma and get help.
Misinformation is dangerous! We have seen the reality of that more and more during the COVID-19 outbreak. The spread of fake news in the early stages of lockdown caused widespread fear (and the bulk buying of toilet paper!). This is why being able to spot fake news or misinformation and know how to interpret the news we see on social media is vitally important. In this episode we tackle the issues surrounding fake news, how to spot it and where to go for reliable information during a crisis like this.
Stories of Hope
2020 has been a tough year so far! We have seen a lot of shocking news and some things have been difficult to swallow. The focus of this episode is to remind us of the hope we have! There are incredible South Africans doing amazing things to help people, and are making a huge difference in our society. We don’t want to get too caught up in the bad news that we completely forget there are heroes in our midst. Take a look at these inspiring people and how everyone can be a hero in some way, shape or form.
Mental Health III
Being home and socially isolated can start to get uncomfortable and frustrating. There is no doubt that everyone will face conflict during this time as stress levels are higher than usual and adjusting to the “new normal” takes time. This episode unpacks toxic situations, how to resolve conflict and where young people can go for help if they feel unsafe. Navigating these issues is not an easy task so our aim is to create healthy, constructive and honest conversations and let young people know they are not alone and can ask for help.
Moving through school, university and adulthood all require self-leadership. It is one of the most valuable skills a learner can acquire and will set them up to go from strength to strength as they grow up. Having a new and strange school routine is uncomfortable and learning without supervision from a teacher 6 hours a day is actually much harder than it looks! In episode 8 we look at how to self-lead, study tips for home-school and implementing a healthy work/life balance as everyone figures out this new system.
Loss & Change
COVID-19 has changed our lives forever. People may have lost family or friends to Coronavirus, others have lost jobs or dreams and it is taking strain on the entire world. Dealing with grief and loss is going to be something many people go through during this pandemic and equipping learners to cope is so important. In episode 9 we are looking at navigating change, coping with grief and learning how to embrace these concepts that will be something young people deal with throughout their lives.
Find Your Tribe
It is important for everyone to focus on building unity in this season instead of viewing our differences as negative. Young people need to learn the value of nation-building and intentionally pursuing relationship and community with the people around them. Helen Keller says “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much”, and we fully believe this statement! In order to thrive through change and make a difference in this world community is an absolutely vital component.