Oman launches mental health chat service

It’s aimed at those who are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic

Oman launches mental health chat service

No matter who you are, we can all struggle with the changes that the coronavirus has brought to our daily lives.

Whether you’re missing your favourite restaurant, or hanging out with your friends and extended family, the pandemic has left many of us feeling sad or even lost.

To help those who are struggling with their mental health, a group of volunteers in Oman have launched an online chat service to provide psychological support.

The psychology of youth volunteering service, in collaboration with the National Youth Commission, launched earlier this year.

Alongside the online chat service, the site also has tips for those who are feeling bored, anxious or sad, as well as those suffering from sleeping disorders or who are overthinking things.

You can also find advice on how to chat to the elderly, teenagers and children about the pandemic.

Ghadeer Al Lawati, one of the volunteers, said, “Staying at home with all this distress can cause a lack of motivation to work or do any activity in general.

“On our website, you can actually find what we call a psychological first aid support section. In this section, you can find different techniques, such as mindfulness – we encourage people to be mindful during this time, to just enjoy the moment.”

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