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Understanding teenage grief and loss amid COVID-19

By Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor

“The world outside is wide so I keep telling myself, I’m safe inside. But the four walls are creeping near as the life I once knew fades into fear. My emotions are starting to drive me insane! I want to scream and to shout! I want to go OUT!”

The poem, written by a Form One pupil, was sent to a member of our Crisis Intervention team of psychologists. It captures the feelings expressed by many teenagers as they adjust to a new normal that was unplanned and thrust upon them without much warning.

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