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Amid Covid-19 crisis, Consell offers mental-health support

The Formentera Department of Social Welfare announces the rollout of a new helpline offering psychological support during the Covid-19 crisis. Its creators see the service as a first line of mental-health assistance for individuals in situations of distress linked to the pandemic.

Department chief Rafael Ramírez said the aim of the service was “to give islanders a helping hand as we return to normalcy”. “We must realise that the pandemic has already taken a considerable emotional toll on the people of the island”, said the conseller.

A psychologist is available to give individuals guidance as they deal with emotional and relational troubles like anxiety, depression, family conflicts and increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other substances as a result of confinement.

The service can be accessed by scheduling an appointment over the phone (971 32 12 71) or via email (benestarsocial@conselldeformentera.cat).

7 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Cemetery open

foto cementeri Sant FrancescThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that the Sant Francesc cemetery has opened anew for its normal operating hours, Monday through Sunday, from 9.00am to 9.00pm.

In addition, per the latest ministerial orders on vigils and burials during phase 1 of confinement easing, public and private wakes are now permitted whether facilities are open air (up to 15 mourners) or enclosed (no more than 10).

Participation in funeral processions is limited to 15 individuals. These can be family members, close relations and a representative of a religious institution overseeing funeral rites.

The Consell reminds islanders that, in the interest of Covid-19 prevention, hygiene and safe, two-metre social distancing measures must still be respected.

5 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

New on “Formentera es queda a casa”: Carles Ventura gives livecast for ‘Xerrades’

cartell xerrada carles venturaThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare announces that at 5.00pm this Thursday 7 May, the latest instalment in the Consell’s lecture series for parents and teachers will come from Carles Ventura, who will appear live on the Facebook page Formentera es queda a casa.

As part of ‘Com parlar amb els i les nostres fills i filles adolescents’, Ventura, a speaker, writer and life coach for youth, will guide attendees through successful communication with adolescent children. The discussion is the second of the series to be broadcast live on the Formentera Facebook page; the first was offered by Marina Ribas on 16 April.

5 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell helps more than 300 islanders apply for guaranteed minimum income

The Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that in the last two weeks it has handled more than three hundred applications from islanders hoping to obtain “guaranteed social income” (renda social garantida), a subsidy unlocked exceptionally by the regional government amid the Covid-19 health crisis. The department processed 237 requests directly, passing along information about 76 other potentially eligible households so the Govern balear could process the cases itself.

According to social welfare chief Rafael Ramírez, the one-off assistance is meant to cover basic costs of individuals, families and other “coliving units” who face situations of acute economic hardship and do not receive unemployment benefits, subsidies, social security pensions, furlough payments or other public assistance.

For now, the government says it will offer the help in April and May, though availability will depend on how situation develops. Eligible individuals who missed the April deadline may benefit from another round of assistance if they apply by 10 May.

The social welfare conseller described the number of households who had received the FDSW’s support as “substantial compared to other administrations”, saying the figure “gives us an indication of the scale of the social crisis before us”. Ramírez also applauded the work and commitment of his department’s staff since the start of the health crisis.

FDSW has intervened in more than one thousand local cases since the Covid-19 crisis began, referring households to an array of services under the department’s umbrella of programmes and retooling services to meet changing needs.

20 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

‘Talks for families and teachers’ broadcast live tomorrow Thursday on “Formentera es queda a casa”

Cartell Xerrades families Marina RibasThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare reports that at 5.00pm tomorrow, Thursday 16 April, the lecture series ‘Xerrades per a famílies i docents’ (Talks for families and teachers) returns with an afternoon chat from Marina Ribas broadcast live on the “Formentera es queda a casa” (Formentera stays home) Facebook page. Originally scheduled for 12 March, the talk had to be pushed back due to the Covid-19 health crisis.

Marina Ribas, a teacher and communicator whose areas of specialisation include wellness, social issues and nutrition, will ask the question ‘What’s “eating right”?’ The remaining lectures in the cycle will also happen on the “Formentera es queda a casa” Facebook page. Dates have yet to be announced.

15 April 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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