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Mental Health Awareness Week 18th May - 24th May 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020 - 00:30

During these challenging times it is now more important than ever to be kind to yourself and others

  • Stay connected with people - stay in touch with family and friends by phone, video call or social media
  • Be kind to yourself - self compassion involves acting the same way towards yourself as you would towards others when you are having a difficult time
  • Talk about your concerns - sharing your worries and fears can help you feel less anxious
  • Support others - helping someone else can make you feel good, but remember to stick to the social distancing guidelines
  • Be prepared - make sure you have the things you need to be able to stay at home and how you might get help if you need it
  • Look after yourself - try to eat healthily, drink plenty of water, avoid smoking and drugs and try not to drink too much alcohol
  • Get some exercise - you can leave the house, alone or with members of your household, for one form of exercise a day, like walking running or cycling. You must keep a safe 2-metre distance from others. Or you could try a home workout.
  • Stick to the facts - find credible sources of information you can trust - such as GOV.UK or the NHS website. You might also want to consider limiting the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak, including on social media
  • Stay on top of difficult feelings - try to focus on the things you can control, such as your behaviour, who you speak to, and where and how often you get information
  • Do things you enjoy - this will help take your mind off your worries
  • Focus on the present - rather than worrying about the future try to focus on the present and try relaxation techniques to help with anxiety
  • Get a good night's sleep - sleeping well can help with how we feel mentally and physically, so it is important to get enough

The Coronavirus Pandemic is a very difficult time for everyone and more so for Carers. Please see the below support services and information to help you and your family during this time.

Adults:   

Samaritans - call any time, day or night (Free) – Telephone no:  116 123

Big White Wall – an online support forum – website:  www.bigwhitewall.com

Young People: 

Childline – Telephone no:  0800 1111

Kooth – Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people – website:  www.kooth.com

We are available to help in any way that we can so please call 0208 593 4422