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🇬🇧 | From our mentors: Vulnerability as opportunity to thrive, Adam Táborský

It is important to realize that the productive population is not currently losing anything. In inertial chaos, we can find our place of peace. With a justified but somewhat chaotic fuss, we forgot to pay attention to groups that are endangered under normal conditions. It might be beneficial for us to climb the mountain of coronavirus and take a good look around, see the whole situation from a higher perspective and realize that there are people who are currently suffering even more and we can help to improve their situation.

What do we really see in our current live situation? Probably the bad things that are happening around us. We have the right to feel that way and that's alright. But what if we could stop for a moment and look at the situation from a different perspective? We can benefit from this, but so do others who need it even more.

In general, people learn how to be effective, progressive and successful. Isn't it true? We try to be better, faster and more powerful every day and we do this to find something good in our lives. Today, there are many gaps in society where our help is needed. We can see this as an opportunity to create and prove something special and useful for ourselves and others. Because right now we have the opportunity to translate our power into reality.

Start-up scene is characterized by its fast pace and flexibility that enables it to be immersively adaptative. I do believe people from the startup scene such as founders, investors will appreciate this kind of activity. Why is that so? Investors are looking for an idea, understanding, fearlessness, meaning, purpose and togetherness. If we talk about the current situation and especially vulnerable groups, these principles are exactly the right catch.


In a sense, we are all vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic, whether financially, mentally or socially. Everyone is trying to solve their problems. Clapping on one's shoulders and expressing mutual solidarity across a productive society drew attention to instructions on how to deal with the difficult time during coronavirus.

Experiencing one of exceptional events vulnerable groups are affected the most. Research into the psychological impact of mass traumas, such as natural disasters or influenza outbreaks, suggests that a pandemic could damage the mental health of marginalized groups in particular, who have poorer access to socio-economic resources and social support networks. Further vulnerable groups report higher levels of social isolation and heightened feelings of loneliness than productive society.

Examples of vulnerable groups

Let's look at the conditions of vulnerable groups. It could be said that these people are lonely in their vulnerability and everyone is at a different life threat.

Handicapped: Sunday seven times a week

Recognizing the effects of the coronavirus period brings another burden of fear and loneliness into the lives of the disabled. They lack families in complete isolation. Even if family members visit home for one hour a week, they bring some energy. Social workers try to make connections with the family by calling or connecting via a computer, which can be one on the ward. However, this means that social workers, like nurses, serve 12-hour shifts.

Seniors: A change in perception

Unfortunately, the infection is already beginning to seep into the elderly in homes who find themselves in long-term isolation, not in contact with family members. Of course, the group of seniors is very diverse in terms of mobility or the progression of dementia. The stimuli from the outside must now dramatically decrease is why there is a change in the senior’s perception of space and time. The best version is they respond to the questions asked late and the worst is they do not respond to questions at all. They get lost in their memories. But it should be noted that they are still brave and try their best to survive the situation.

People on the autism spectrum: Double stress

Stress in the form of settlement with the expiring validity of care allowance assessments. There is a reduction in field services, which, however, also affects other groups, such as people with mental disorders. In this case, the parents, but overall the family that takes care of their loved ones, become overwhelmed. At the same time, children with ASD are afraid of carers and therapists with a veil. Some autistic people also do not tolerate drapes due to hypersensitivity and anxiety.

This group is characterized by a specific interest. For some, such a specific interest has become COVID, where they closely monitor and study everything. On the other hand, there is the opposite, where they are oversaturated with messages and experience anxiety.

In general, people on the spectrum don't like the changes that are happening a lot now. Hard-earned exercises / habits disappear very quickly, and when everything returns to normal, the exercises / habits start from scratch.

Adam Táborský, Founder Terapie mezi stromy
Psychologist and innovator focused on nature and mental health.
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