Keep connected with a puzzle

Solving puzzles has a huge range of benefits.   It is a pastime that is anyone can enjoy.  Although puzzling has traditionally been a solitary activity, our technological age allows us to be much more innovative with our devices and online platform.  Clue Detective has developed the online CUSP (Connecting Up to Solve Puzzles) Principle. We hope you find it useful as you cope with your changed circumstances caused by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Online CUSP promotes health, wellbeing and self-esteem

At a time where we are all self-isolating, keeping connected with our friends has never been more important. Research shows that 3 in 4 people with a mental illness develop symptoms before the age of 25.  This is something that we definitely want to avoid.  Forming an online CUSP club is a great way that help reduce anxiety, as well as foster learning and social interaction among students. An puzzling session can be set up via Zoom or Google Suite. 

Puzzles are enjoyable, stress-free and non-threatening activities.  They allow students to engage with their friends and let their brain focus on something helpful and wholesome. If they have a tendency to suffer from mental health issues, it is vital they keep important people around them at this time. Regular puzzling sessions can be something they can look forward to and provide a strong coping strategy for the times they know are difficult for them.  They will feel much better knowing that they have a plan in place to deal with it.

Online group puzzle solving maintains social interaction and boosts knowledge 

Group participants  will be able to draw on their own general knowledge skills to help solve puzzles, which will give them a feeling of satisfaction.  In turn, they will also learn new words and facts. 

Puzzlers may even like to accept the challenge of and master the ‘art’ of solving cryptic crosswords.  These provide a great opportunity for them to develop their thinking and logic skills, as being a lot of fun to solve with friends

Maintain the CUSP connection

We encourage puzzlers everywhere to adopt the CUSP principle This is an anxious time for all of us.  It is easy to feel disconnected and isolated. Keeping in touch with a group of friends over an engaging puzzle is the ideal activity to keep the problem at bay.

Clue Detective is a proud sponsor of Australian Rotary Health and Lift the Lid on Mental Illness.  When you purchase a membership, we make a donation to vital mental health research.

Puzzling for Mental Health Initiative

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