With so much negativity and uncertainty in our world at the moment, you can be forgiven for not knowing what to think, what to feel or how to speak to your kids right now.

Joep van Agteren is the Research Lead at SAHMRI’s Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, and Erin and Soda spoke with him about how we should be mentally approaching the current situation.

When it comes to talking to your kids about the COVID-19 virus and its ramifications, Joep told us that we need to remember that our kids deal with anxiety too.

“I think it’s really important for us to realise that just as we’re anxious, they can be anxious. And it’s important to just stay real with that.”

He also reminded us that although our children are bound to have countless questions, we won’t have all of the answers.

“Keep everything as clear as possible and it’s also okay for us to not know.”

Take a listen to the full chat here:


When it comes to ourselves, Joep thinks that our best bet in dealing with all of this is to keep a level head.

“My message is just everybody stay calm and keep a little bit of positivity. We can all get through this, especially if we take care of one another.”