24 March, 2020
Roma Station

Many people are increasingly worried about the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus epidemic and are experiencing anxiety and feelings of fear, which is normal in circumstances beyond our control. The NICU has prepared a number of guidelines on how to cope with these feeling.

  • Bear in mind that this is a period that is difficult at the moment, but will pass.
  • Try to stay calm. Talking to people we trust can help. Talk to family and friends. If talking in person is not possible, we can use various new technologies. Maintain social contact as much as is possible or safe in the current circumstances
  • Social contact can also be maintained through new technologies. Avoid close contact, especially socialising in large groups. Maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Be physically active (e.g. walking, exercising at home, etc.), get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet.
  • Stay away from cigarettes, alcohol and other drugs to relax.
  • Let’s engage in activities that make us feel good.
  • If you feel emotionally overwhelmed by the situation, you can contact the contacts listed below (use telephone resources first). If there are no signs of illness, do not go to a health facility.
  • Focus on what you can control (basic hygiene measures, see https://www.nijz.si/sl/preprecevanje-okuzbe-z-virusom-sars-cov-2019, daily routine).
  • Get as much relevant information as possible to help us accurately assess the risk and take sensible preventive measures.
  • Obtain all information regarding the coronavirus and the situation from reliable sources (e.g. ministries, NICE, WHO, and the media that summarise this information).
  • Reduce exposure to media content that adds to our anxiety.
  • Use coping skills that have helped us successfully deal with unpleasant situations in the past and that help us manage our emotions.
  • Let us do our best to ensure that the situation does not compromise the principles of solidarity and humanity. In taking care of our own health, let us also think about others, especially vulnerable groups (e.g. the socially disadvantaged, people with chronic illnesses, the elderly, etc.) and how we can help them in a way that does not put our own health at risk.
  • Let us be tolerant and accepting of each other. Only by working together will we get life back to normal as soon as possible.

If any of you are facing a really bad situation, there are services available to help: Telephones:
  • Mental Distress Call 01 520 99 00 (daily between 7pm and 7am).
  • The Samaritan and Companion helplines 116 123 (24 hours/day, every day). The call is free of charge.
  • TOM telephone for children and adolescents 116 111 (daily between 12 noon and 8 p.m.) Free of charge.
  • INFORMATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS is available free of charge on 080 1404.
Online support:

  • #tosemjaz – a web portal for children and adolescents www.tosemjaz.net.
  • Med.Over.Net – web portal on health, mental health and other areas www.med.over.net.
  • NeBojSe – web portal of DAM – the Association for Depression and Anxiety Disorders www.nebojse.si
  • An online stop for understanding suicide and the help available. www.zivziv.si


For more information, please contact us by email or on Facebook.

EU Funds

The project is partly funded by the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and the European Union through the European Social Fund. The operation is financed under the Operational Programme for the Implementation of the European Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, Priority Axis 9 “Social inclusion and reducing the risk of poverty”, Priority Investment 9.1 “Active inclusion, including the promotion of equal opportunities and active participation, and improving employability”, Specific Objective 9.1.2 “Empowering target groups to move towards the labour market”.