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Coping in isolation: Time to Think
Coping in isolation: Time to Think

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4 Summary of Session 2

In this session you have heard some thoughts from Michael and David on managing life in lockdown, based on their own experiences serving indeterminate sentences in the Maze and Long Kesh prison. You have also:

  • considered ways of reframing how you think about isolation and confinement
  • reflected on ways of regaining some control and agency
  • explored practical ways in which you can begin to structure and use your time
  • considered different ways in which you can stay connected while apart
  • learned more about the experiences of Loyalist and Republican Open University students in the Maze and Long Kesh prison during the years of conflict.

In the next Session, you will explore creative ways of escaping confinement and finding solace during isolation in these difficult times.

Protecting your mental health and wellbeing

Many of us will experience slight increases in anxiety in situations like the COVID-19 pandemic, or we may feel that mood is a bit lower than usual. Both may be considered to be normal reactions to the dramatic change in circumstances, brought about by COVID-19 and the lockdown. However, if you experience a significant increase in your levels of anxiety, or if you notice that your mood feels much lower than usual, you should take action to safeguard your mental health. Consider these points of contact:

  1. Your GP. Most GPs are currently offering telephone or online appointments, so you can talk to your GP without going to the surgery. They can provide information about possible medication and about counselling.
  2. A counsellor. Many counselling agencies and private practitioners are currently offering online and telephone support. You can use a Google search to help find counsellors in your area.
  3. A telephone helpline. If life feels like a struggle, or if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, it can be good to talk to someone and helplines can offer valuable support.

UK information: conditions/ stress-anxiety-depression/ [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] articles/ lifeline-freephone-helpline

UK helplines:

You can now go to Session 3.