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Yorkshire Relationships Charity Moves To Telephone Service

Yorkshire Relationships Charity Moves To Telephone Service

Published by Karen Liu at 3:11pm 26th March 2020.

A relationships charity has closed its face-to-face services to residents in Yorkshire and the North East, due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Counsellors at Relate have responded to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak by putting together advice for maintaining healthy relationships during social distancing and self-isolation.

The tips, which are available in full on Relate’s website, cover topics such as how to stay connected, avoid falling out with your partner and family members, and how to talk to your children about the virus and reduce anxiety.

The charity has increased its  capacity to deliver counselling via telephone and webcam as a result of the closure of its face-to-face services. 

Aidan Jones, Chief Executive at Relate said:

“The coronavirus outbreak is leading to big, immediate changes in our everyday lives and people are understandably very concerned.

Our relationships will be hugely important for getting us through this unprecedented time but self-isolation, social distancing and concerns about issues like finances may also pile on the pressure.

That’s why it’s vital to look after your relationships as this national crisis unfolds.

For anyone who’s struggling, Relate’s highly trained counsellors are still ready to help via our Live Chat, telephone and web counselling services.”

The tips are available in full on Relate’s website and include:

  • If you are self-isolating at home you may feel disconnected from others. Make use of social media, text, instant messaging, phone and video messaging as ways of keeping connected.
  • Your routines and roles may change if one or both of you are working from home. This could be a challenge or an opportunity so try to make it work for you by checking in regularly about how this is going.
  • You may need to get creative with the space if you are both working from home. Take turns to share the most comfortable spot.
  • Stick to facts when talking to children and communicate with them calmly, consciously and responsibly, using simple language.
  • Try to avoid using catastrophising language. Brushing things under the carpet can also increase anxiety so aim to strike a balance.
  • If somebody says or does something to upset you, try counting to ten and taking some deep breaths. It may be that you no longer feel the need to ‘react’.

Visit relate.org.uk to find out more about their digital services and access a range of information and self-help.

To contact Relate North East and Yorkshire directly call 01325 461500 or email northeast@relate.org.uk.

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