Hot Issues in Mental Health

Covid – Opening up and returning to the Workplace

From Professor Jo Grimwade, President, MHYF Vic

Opening up and returning to the workplace brings challenges and relief from the intensity of homelife. Of all the types of mental health work with families that have been changed by lockdowns, couple work has been the most affected.

Problems between partners have been intensified and home-schooling has made for extra reasons to find disagreement. Sitting beside each in video conferenced sessions has produced a degree of discomfort for couples that would usually sit apart when in heated exchange.

Connections with others have been reduced. Now, connections can be reformed and the distance between partners can be varied, and moments of closeness need not be moments of potential pain.

Now is the time to work on connections, not distancing.

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