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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondHello everyone and welcome back to week three. We are super excited to have you back with us for this weeks learning and we really hope that you found weeks one and two were engaging and hope that some of that learning is seeping its way into everyday lives and you guys are able to reflect on and use and implement some of that learning.

Skip to 0 minutes and 19 secondsAnd we're really excited as well to see how you guys have reacted to our personal stories, played by our actors, those stories of Kevin, Carol and Susan, which there have been some great discussions around and people really seem to have been able to relate to in different ways, and we're also really, really chuffed about all of the discussion, and open and supportive and kind of transparent conversations that have been going on in our discussions, which is really humbling for us to see and really inspiring and energising, and we hope it is for the rest of our learners as well. So really, a big thank you for that. And please do continue for this week as well.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsSo this week we want to focus a bit more on what's next. How do we continue to manage our mental health beyond Covid? How do we think ahead to some of those challenges? And how do we prepare ourselves to address them again across a variety of contexts, from individual to group to organisation and systems level and the other thing we want to focus on this week is helping you guys to apply your learning. So really try and come to this week with the thought of How do I take this forward into my life, my work, my family and other parts of your life as well. So enjoy week three.

Welcome to Week 3!

So, a big welcome back from us! As Chris said, it is great to see you back for our third and final week!

This week we will try to think ahead and consider how we can continue to manage the psychological impact of COVID-19 as we move beyond the first acute phase of the pandemic. We will again consider what psychological concepts and research evidence can guide us, considering individuals, groups, and systems as we go.

Once again, it is wonderful to see that you are enriching each others’ learner journeys by sharing your experiences. We hope this continues to broaden your learning and thinking.

  • Your continued reflections on our personal stories of Kevin, Carol, and Susan really bring to life the experiences of people at the heart of this crisis.

  • The breadth of perspectives and experiences shared is astonishing, and we feel that this reflects the diversity of how this crisis is affecting people.

  • The open, genuine, and supportive nature of many comments also demonstrates how a sense of ‘connectedness’ or solidarity can be driven by a crisis.

  • You’ve highlighted the experiences of more people and settings than we can cover, so thank you for raising these valuable perspectives.

Please continue to comment and raise questions. If something strikes you as interesting or resonates with you, feel free to pose a question to other learners.

This week we particularly encourage you to share what you’ve learned, how you plan to use this learning, and what you may do differently (or the same) as a result of the course. We hope this inspires and energises you in the next steps of your journey.

As always, please also look after yourselves as you go through the course. Once again, a range of further resources for support can be found in the final step of the week.

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COVID-19: Psychological Impact, Wellbeing and Mental Health

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