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Source: Swiss Canton of Uri – news in German

November 6, 2020

Once again, the Covid 19 pandemic requires drastic restrictions that affect everyone. Strengthening and maintaining mental health is particularly important in such challenging times. For this reason, the Uri Health Promotion Unit will be communicating suggestions for strengthening mental health from next week.

Covid pandemic and mental health

The challenging situation surrounding the corona pandemic and the necessary measures by the Confederation and the cantons can unsettle, burden, make angry or trigger fears and worries. Especially in times of uncertainty, it is important to strengthen your own mental health, show a lot of understanding, support one another and maintain and maintain social contacts.

Starting next week, the Uri Health Promotion Unit will communicate the “Emotions Alphabet” and suggestions for strengthening mental health with a series of media articles in the Urner Wochenblatt and the Neue Urner Zeitung on behalf of the Health, Social and Environmental Directorate. Further information can be found at

Emotions alphabet

As part of the national campaign “How are you?” the focus is on the “alphabet of emotions”: from A for “burned out” to Z for “satisfied”.

When I answer the question “How are you?” If you find more precise answers than just “good” or “bad”, everyone can do something more targeted for their own mental health. Anyone who consciously deals with their feelings and can name them – for example that one feels “worried”, “happy”, “stressed”, “empty” or “optimistic” – can specifically address negative feelings and get help if necessary. Perceiving positive feelings is also important. Anyone who notices when he or she is doing well and why can use this important resource.

The campaign aims to motivate the people of Uri to expand their own emotional alphabet. It is especially important that we take our feelings seriously, share them with others and talk about them during this challenging time. Family and friends can be an important support for our well-being and support us in crises. But sometimes it is easier to talk to outsiders and sometimes the problems are so great that it is important to get professional help (for advice and help, see box).



Advice and help

041 874 13 13 Specialist for family issues and early childhood Uri
041 870 42 25 Specialist for age issues Uri
041 874 30 75 SRK Uri (coordination of volunteer work)
041 874 11 80 kontakt uri (addiction counseling, youth counseling, parent counseling)
041 874 00 20 APP Uri (outpatient psychiatry and psychotherapy)
143 Advice and help for adults (the offered hand)
147 Advice and help for children and young people (Pro Juventute)


Campaign “How are you?”

“How are you?” is a campaign by the German-speaking cantons, the Pro Mente Sana Foundation and Health Promotion Switzerland. The Uri Health Promotion Unit has been implementing the campaign as part of the cantonal program of action “Mental Health” since 2018, as an extension of the well-known “10 Steps to Mental Health”.

The “How are you?” Those who speak openly about stressful things enable help and support for themselves and others. In this way, diseases can be recognized early or even avoided by strengthening your own resources. The campaign is online in all of German-speaking Switzerland at www.wie- and visible in public space.


Provide media information:

Government Councilor Christian Arnold Telephone 041 875 21 51 Email

Bruno Scheiber, Program Manager, Cantonal Action Program “Mental Health”, Health Promotion Unit UriTelefon 041 500 47 27E-Mail

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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