We were shocked by the earthquake again: Guidelines for parents and infographic for young people
Again, the ground was shaking and shaking... This earthquake was weaker than the last one.…
Considering the coronavirus pandemic that threatens a large number of patients in our families, as well as families who are struggling with another illness of a child / member regardless of the current situation, the experts of the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center have prepared a parent’s manual “DISEASE IN THE FAMILY “. The manual can be downloaded free of charge from our website in PDF format here (on Croatian language): DISEASE IN THE FAMILY: A Handbook for Parents (PDF).
The authors of the manual are psychiatrist Marjeta Knez Turčinović, social pedagogue Dora Kralj, clinical psychologist Vlatka Križan and social worker Nikolina Škrlec, editor of the publication is director of the our Center, professor Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, publisher of the Zagreb Children and Youth Protection Center.
You can also download our other publications for free here (on Croatian language): https://www.poliklinika-djeca.hr/category/publications/
In the introduction of the publication “DISEASE IN FAMILY” the authors write:
“This handbook is based on years of experience working with families who have been affected by various traumatic experiences. Disease is also a traumatic event, since we experience it as a threat to ourselves or others, it comes suddenly and causes unpleasant emotions such as fear, anxiety, feelings of helplessness, loss of control. A distinction is made between acute (sudden onset, relatively short course and marked symptoms) and chronic disease (a condition characterized by a longer period of time, generally “not disappearing”). The disease can affect our mental or physical system and, in addition to its effects on the functioning of the adult / child, it affects other family members as well as the whole family dynamic.
In addition to the experience and knowledge gained through education, clinical practice and scientific work, all authors have personal experiences with family illness. After all, most people and children are sadly overwhelmed by this extremely stressful experience.
We are completing this booklet in an era where each of us is indoors, disabled for many activities that are important to us – our work with clients, walks with our families, hanging out with friends (live), overwhelmed with concern for the health of dear people, and shaken earthquake. It is no coincidence that right now we have sat down to complete the lines about families who, while living in uncertainty, fears, inability to engage in all activities, try to maintain everyday life and a “normal life” for their family.
Writing this brochure has helped us get closer to the usual daily routine in which we collectively support families in suffering, as well as remembering all the resources at our disposal and the essential things that remain to us. It also allowed us to socialize and socialize in “some other ways.”
We therefore hope that this brochure will serve as a source of support for you and your family members, those of you who live in insecurity and limitations in their daily functioning.”
FROM THE CONTENTS OF THE PUBLIC DISEASE PUBLICATION:
We, as mental health professionals, who work with parents / guardians on a daily basis through similar experiences, wish to alleviate your feelings and difficulties in at least one small part and thus support you and tell you that you are not alone in your problem regardless that sometimes you feel that way. We hope you find the information that will preserve some of the strength and courage you will give to your sick child, and help you feel better and be supportive in difficult moments of fear, uncertainty and struggle.
You can download the publication here (on Croatian language): Brošura bolest u obitelji-za web (1)
Disclaimer: This is unofficial translation provided for information purposes. Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center cannot be held legally responsible for any translation inaccuracy.