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“They have been scared by what they have experienced and they will need someone close. Being separated from their parents can impact their mental health and recovery,” the NGO says.
Child development specialists predict the multiple layers of critical mental conditions Lebanese children are struggling with could give rise to a future generation of either damaged or resilient adults.
UNICEF says children caught in the Beirut Explosion will need special care and protection to recover, particularly in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
UNICEF and some specialized local NGOs are currently helping affected children cope with bereavement and the trauma of the events they witnessed. They are providing free psychological support services.
They are also assisting in reuniting children with their families from whom they got separated during the blast and the chaos that followed.
While you have your own grief and trauma to deal with, and destressing at the moment is not something you feel able to do, this activity will benefit all of you. Your kids need it, your family needs it, and you need it.
Take some family time to indulge in relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises to relieve stress and feel more at ease. Watch a light movie together, away from the drama.
It might be needless to point out this to Lebanese parents, loving as they are, but it is nonetheless important to remind everyone that the children of Lebanon need, now more than ever, to regain a sense of safety; parental hugs and staying by their side will go a long way at this stage.
Parents needing psychological support to cope with the trauma, here are 7 centers currently providing that for free.