Nothing could prepare one for the change and disruption to 'normality' that most have experienced during this Covid 19 epidemic. The levels of fear for the future or the unknown are really high for many and most people would agree that life will never be the same as it was before. It is a strange experience to know that most countries on the globe have been affected and infected, so that there is a sense of universal suffering.
Our hearts swell with emotion and gratitude when we hear of the many working on the frontline who have put their own lives at risk in order to help others. Alongside that the feelings of helplessness when hearing of the growing numbers of fatalities and the growing sense of loss as families are unable to be with their loved ones dying in hospital, or attending funerals with all family members.
In my last report I said that 'we here at Hope Trust are expectant for change and really desire that in reaching out for help, people might find hope in their varying situations. If one's focus is solely on the various catastrophies and disorder around the globe, one would find it hard to be at peace. However, there is still good news to be found, despite varying other reports.'
Our expression of 'community' may have changed from the tactile to more 'online' presence but hopefully this has increased our need to connect with one another and reach out to others in need of help. I also reported previously 'there is no 'one solution' to the issues that lead to poor mental health but listening, encouragement, community and a sense of purpose and belonging can go a long way to helping those who struggle'.
We are continuing with our work of counselling and connecting with support group participants. Admittedly it is not quite the same as being present physically, face to face. But thanks to various 'online' platforms we have been able to meet with people via internet and hopefully this will in some small way help those who are struggling with mental health issues.
We would like to extend hope to any reading this who have been adversely affected physically, financially, emotionally or spiritually. We have faith and trust that we can emerge from this catastrophe more resilient, but also more sensitive to one another's needs.
May God bless you all.