Mental Health & Covid-19
Living in a foreign country as an international exchange visitor can be an emotional experience for Au Pairs who are likely to experience Homesickness and Culture Shock during their program year. Covid-19 adds a new layer of stress to the Au Pair experience. Hosts and Local Coordinators should be proactive in equipping Au Pairs to Cope with Stress. Everyone should Care for Yourself Each Day and utilize Mental Health Tools and Resources as needed.
To aid individuals and communities during this time, Mental Health American (MHA) has compiled a range of Resources and Information including Wellness and Coping Skills, Caregiving and Parenting and much more!
Hosts and Au Pairs should discuss wellness and self care during their scheduled Weekly Meeting. Attending Monthly Meetings with the Local Coordinator is a great way for Au Pairs to connect with others in an emotionally supportive and safe environment.