To help others, Covid carers have to put themselves first

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To help others, Covid carers have to put themselves first

Counsellors and medical professionals have learned the hard way that self-neglect means they can’t do their jobs

Sipokazi Fokazi and Lwandile Bhengu

As a lay counsellor, addiction carer and educator, Shifra Jacobson’s expertise is needed more than ever as the Covid-19 pandemic leaves many people with feelings of hopelessness, stress and anxiety.

But the mother of two says she too has been affected by persistent psychological stress related to the pandemic.

Jacobson said while initially it was difficult to put her own mental well-being first, she learned fast...

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