What is the guide?
This guide is an interactive self-help book for adults who want to understand and manage stress and anxiety more effectively during the COVID pandemic. The Guide has three parts:
How can I use the Guide?
People experience and respond to stress and anxiety in many different ways, so this is an interactive book. This means that you can:
The Stress and Anxiety Field Guide for COVID is a collaboration between psychologist and designer Lutza Ireland and general practitioner Dr Cedric Chu. Drawing on their nearly 40 years of combined experience as health practitioners and educators, they’ve developed a practical model for managing stress and anxiety in a range of real-life situations.
Cedric is a doctor known for thinking outside the box and has a strong focus on evolutionary psychology. He has travelled to 70 countries around the world to help him gain a practical understanding of human evolution. He has developed a new approach to understanding and managing the unique talents of ADHD and Autistic people in the workplace and applying this to maximising performance for individuals and businesses. He is also a generalist doctor which enables him to keep abreast across a wide range of medical problems.
Lutza is a psychologist and design researcher. She’s passionate about improving mental health literacy- the skills and knowledge of managing mental health in self and others. As a mental health professional, she’s worked with individuals, couples, groups and organisations. As a designer, she submitted her doctoral research on developing a conceptual framework and visual language for communicating mental health information to increase mental health literacy. She uses design thinking and co-design methods to develop innovative resources, services and systems for mental health and wellbeing.
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This resource was produced by Matrix Design+Health
Please note that this resource is for information purposes only – it’s not a substitute for professional health advice and treatment. Speak to a qualified health professional for health advice and treatment that’s tailored to your specific needs.