Coping during COVID

COPING DURING COVID-19

The Coping During COVID-19 programme is part of a research project by the University of Oxford. By joining the course and answering questionnaires about your experience you will contribute to deepening our understanding of the power of peer support during COVID-19.

Coping During COVID-19 is a five-day virtual 360 interactive program custom built for youth ages 16-18. This program is designed to help motivate, empower, and support the youth to build coping skills and resilience, especially during COVID-19. Youth will take the course in a total class of 60 and will work in small groups of 7, guided by a young person trained in peer support. 

Youth Era will provide training materials while youth will facilitate small groups to participate in hands-on impactful activities, engage in small group discussions, and build relationships with other supportive young people. Key topics that will be covered during this course include (but are not limited to): 

Self-care 
Burnout Prevention
Wellness
Identifying your own Strengths
Building Resilience
Coping Skills
Developing & Harnessing Purpose
Values Discovery
Building Community

This course will be delivered via Zoom and Whatsapp and will take place outside school hours during the following two dates:


December 2nd-6th

December 16-20th

Wednesday -Friday 18:30-20:30

Saturday-Sunday 13:00-17:00


You will receive a Certificate of Participation from Youth Era and the University of Oxford and a £20 voucher for filling the study’s questionnaires

AM I ELIGIBLE?

 

In order to be eligible for the study, you would need to fulfill the requirements below:

* Be aged 16–18 years

* Be a UK resident

* Be happy to be randomly allocated to one of the 2 courses. Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate date preferences.

* Have sufficient English level to be able to follow the course

* Be able to complete the training and measures independently

* Have access to stable Wi-Fi for the duration of the course

* Have access to a computer, camera, speakers and microphone for the duration of the course

Please note that priority will be given to 16 year olds and those who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

SIGN UP TODAY!

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ABOUT THE PROJECT


COVID-19 presents many challenges. Many young people have been feeling isolated from their friends and peer communities and experienced anxiety about the future, such as the effect of government measures on exams and going to university. A subset of young people have experienced severe illness of family members and friends due to COVID-19, giving rise to grief, sadness and fear. When we talked to young people about their support needs, many felt that they would benefit from joining a peer support network. This is why the University of Oxford teamed up with Youth Era, the Uplifters and the NeurOX YPAG, to create and deliver Coping during COVID, and to understand how young people experience this programme. The project is led by Dr Gabriela Pavarini, a researcher with experience in youth empowerment and digital innovation, along with colleagues at the University of Oxford. The course is led by Youth Era, a charity that is leading the way on online peer support. You can read more about Youth Era at www.youthera.org.


THE TEAM

RESEARCHERS
Ilina Singh
Gabriela Pavarini
Tessa Reardon
 
Geoffrey Mawdsley
 
YOUTH ERA PEER SUPPORT TRAINING LEADS
Tia Barnes
Jammie Gardner
Martin Rafferty
UPLIFTERS

A Team of Young People Trained in Peer Support

ADMIN SUPPORT
 
Alexandra Almeida
 

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask Geoffrey at geoffrey.mawdsley@psych.ox.ac.uk 

WhatsApp/Phone: +44 7599480095

Department of Psychiatry
Warneford Hospital
Oxford
OX3 7JX