During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a lot of information about the virus and its effects on mental health. Bereavement, isolation, loss of income and fear to name a few are triggering mental health conditions or aggravating existing ones. Many people may be facing increased levels of alcohol and drug use, insomnia, and anxiety.
We need to do as much as we can to support and manage our wellbeing during these difficult and strange times as the implications the pandemic carries can seriously impact your mental wellbeing.
Below are some useful tips on how to take care of your mental wellbeing:
• Avoid speculation and look up reputable sources on the outbreak
• While it is important to stay informed, keep a balance between being informed and excessively following the news
• Keep active and exercise
• Eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated
• Stay in touch with friends and family over the phone or social media
• Try not to make assumptions – do not judge people and avoid jumping to conclusions
• Maintain a regular sleeping pattern
• Talk about your worries – To friends, family or The NHS Volunteers Service can also provide a telephone ‘check in and chat’ for if you have mental health issues and are feeling isolated. Call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm)
For more information, resources and advice please see https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/coronavirus/mental-health-coronavirus and https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
For Urgent Support
• Call Samaritans for free on 116 123 or visit https://www.samaritans.org/
They also have a useful Self-Help app to track your feelings, get recommendations and stay safe in a crisis.
• Text “SHOUT” for free on 85258 or visit https://giveusashout.org/
Shout is a confidential 24/7 crisis text support.
• If you need help urgently but are not at risk of death or serious illness, you can also use the NHS 111 non-emergency advice online https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/urgent-and-emergency-care/nhs-111/ or ring 111. People with hearing problems can use https://interpreternow.co.uk/nhs111
To discuss any of this further please contact the author of this blog Amy Fisher, 0116 2423400, email@example.com