The coronavirus pandemic has been ongoing for several months. Whilst in some countries, strict lockdown policies are beginning to be lifted, a return to pre-lockdown socializing is likely to be some time away. This social isolation, and the loneliness that can come with it, is a major concern for mental health.
Social isolation and poor mental health are strongly linked, in studies of both the elderly and young people. As such, plenty research has gone into formulating strategies to help people in isolation better manage their mental health.
One center involved in the study of these issues is the Órama Institute for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Neuroscience at Flinders University. Mike Kyrios, the Institute’s director and also a professor, vice president and executive dean of Flinders’ College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, recently outlined a six-point acronym named STREAM that he says can be followed by anyone quarantining or working from home.
Read the full article about the STREAM method here.