As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise in Pakistan and across the world, only one thing is certain: the current outbreak will have a profound impact not only on the people’s health and economic situation but also on the psychosocial well-being of societies across the globe. Amid the lockdown and restriction of movement to stem the spread of the coronavirus, youth have limited access to education, socialization and even physical contact, critical for their psychosocial health and development. The closure of schools and colleges has restricted young people’s access to learning and limited their interaction with their peers. Young people may feel confused and at a loss in the current situation, leading to frustration and anxiety. To mitigate the impact of Covid-19 and reduce anxiety and stress among young people during the lockdown, Caritas Pakistan has provided psychosocial kits under their Covid-19 response program, said Sarfraz Anwar, head of the Diocesan Project Office. The kits include exercise and sports equipment, a board game and art materials.
Caritas Pakistan Karachi distributed kits to 25 youth members on June 29 at Kousar Niazi Colony of St. Jude’s parish and on July 9 at St. Michael’s parish in the Archdiocese of Karachi. “Pakistan has faced the Covid-19 pandemic for almost five months. The needs of low-income people continue to increase, not only for health assistance but also for psychosocial support and well-being,” said Mansha Noor, executive secretary of Caritas Pakistan. “We are all restricted by social distancing in order to protect ourselves and the well-being of others. During the lockdown we should spend our time constructively.” Noor advised young people to have a daily schedule and ensure that they take care of their physical health, mental well-being and spiritual development.
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