- Oct 23, 2015
I think your heart was in the right place when you made these suggestions and gave your experience what you've seenDoes he not understand how to use Facetime, Skype, Zoom, or even just a regular old phone?
My kids are on Facetime with their friends for hours a day. Literally. They think it is better than school.
If he is missing his friends, he should Facetime them and see them.
My church is doing virtual coffee hour after the virtual service, so people can just hang out and talk to each other. They can't be the only group doing something like this. Have your brother start an online meetup for his group.
There are also tons of people out walking. I have noticed a few people sitting in lawn chairs in their driveway (more than 6' from the street) who will strike up conversations with the people out walking.
I'm more of an introvert, so it isn't really bothering me. Between my kids and a few phone calls, I get enough interaction.
I consider myself of sound mental health but even this lack of being able to play games with in-laws, hug my mom, celebrate birthdays in person, etc is saddening to me (they are outside my social circle and thus no close contact with them).
I know when my husband was on his field assignments talking to him on the phone, texting him, etc when I wouldn't get to see him for 2-3 weeks was great but no replacement to when he came home and I was able to hug and kiss him (sorry if that's TMI to people) and right now for that other poster's brother he can't get that close physical contact. Some people may be quite vunerable and sensitive to this and some of us may find ourselves in the coming days becoming vunerable and sensitive to this (basing on the comments I've seen of "it's just two weeks it's NBD..dunno where they are getting that information from).
I suspect a good decent portion of us with find ourselves with some effects to our mental and emotional wellbeing just on varying degrees. It's ok IMO to talk about how this is so hard for those people and can be hard for us all in general.
It's just a topic that is slowly becoming one to shine light on even though the situations have been there. Just 2 days ago my local police department put up a reminder a resource for the mental health co-responder program. It's a resource for those experiencing difficulties themselves but also you can call if you have a loved who is experiencing difficulties.