Free online counselling to help with Covid challenges

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MyMind founder and Chief Executive, Krystian Fikert

FREE online counselling sessions are now available for those affected by Covid-19 by Limerick-based mental health service MyMind.

A not-for-profit community-based provider of accessible mental health care, it was founded in 2006 with four centres nationwide. The revenue generated from their full fee-paying clients is reinvested in the organisation, enabling them to provide services that are affordable to all.

Based at 50 O’Connell Street in the city, MyMind claims that Covid-19 lockdown has had a devastating effect on many individuals and families, with increased pressure on people’s ability to cope with these additional challenges.

Clinical psychologist Krystian Fikert, who is founder and chief executive of MyMind said they were committed to making mental health services more accessible to everyone.

“At this particularly difficult time, MyMind continues to strive to provide high-quality services to those who need it most, together with the support of the HSE and Sláintecare,” he explained.

“As we come out of lockdown, people are faced with a new set of challenges: anxiety about going out again, wearing face coverings, mixing in groups of people. All of which can have a negative impact on mental health.

“From bereavement and job losses to the fear and anxiety caused by the need to socially distance, and trying to deal with loneliness and isolation, many people are finding it hard to cope at the moment.”

“We are keen to let people know that there is a solution. No-one has to be on their own trying to cope with these challenges and talking to a qualified mental health professional can be a very helpful way of dealing with the fallout from Covid-19.

Getting help and staying connected are very important factors in maintaining good mental health. Talking to a qualified professional is a proven and effective way of dealing with problems of stress or anxiety,” Mr Fikert added.

The scheme is aimed at those who have been directly affected by Covid-19. The main mental health issues include issues arising from unemployment, bereavement, stress, depression, anxiety, social isolation/cocooning, illness, addiction, or domestic violence.

This project has received funding from the Government ’s Sláintecare Integration Fund.

Further details are available at here