Your Wellbeing & Coronavirus
We know that you might be worried about Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how it might be affecting your life. This may include having to stay at home under the current lockdown, being away from loved ones, home-schooling your children or carrying on as a key worker.
We’ve produced some quick guides to help you deal with these difficult changes to everyday life. Be sure to check back in the in the future as we publish tips on more specific topics. We have also collated all of the changes to our services in one place for quick and easy reference.
We have launched a new helpline for anyone who is experiencing poor mental health or wellbeing challenges as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. Click here to find out more.
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It can help to have a plan of what you can do to stay well, and what you would need if you did have to stay a home for a while.
- Wash hands regularly using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use sanitising gel if soap is not available.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues straight in the bin, and wash your hands afterwards.
- Try not to touch your face if your hands are not clean.
- There is no need to stockpile, but it’s a good idea to make sure you have the essentials you might need in such as easy, nutritious foods and personal hygiene items.
- If you are on pre-payment meters for your gas or electric, try to keep these topped up.
- Count your medications – if you’re short or have less than 2 weeks’ worth, contact your GP to arrange a repeat script. If you can’t get two weeks’ worth, get some advice from your GP practice about their process in this situation.
- Remember to check your supply of other items that help you stay well, like antihistamines, ear plugs or other sleep aids.
If you do need to stay at home:
Trying to maintain a routine can help – if you do need to stay at home, try to build some activities into each day. Why not try:
- Get creative – you don’t need lots of materials and could try drawing, writing a poem or diary or doing some craft.
- Get active – dance to some music, follow a YouTube exercise video or do some DIY.
- Learn – learning something new keeps your brain active and is a constructive thing to do. There are lots of free online learning platforms for all subjects and levels, why not try BBC Learning, FutureLearn or Skillshare.
- Stay connected – keep in touch with people through phone, messages or email. Mind’s virtual peer support network Elefriends offers a safe and confidential space to talk to others who have experienced a mental health issue.
- Your Gas/Electric supplier should be able to help if you do need to stay at home and can’t top up you pre-payment meter.
The national Mind charity has put together some excellent information to help you cope if:
- you’re feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus
- you’re asked to stay at home or avoid public places, for example if your employer asks you to work from home
- you have to self-isolate. This means you avoid contact with other people and follow strict hygiene rules. The NHS has advice about self-isolation in English and advice about self-isolation in Welsh. For how long to self-isolate, see the current government advice in English or the current government advice in Welsh.
And it covers:
- Plan for staying at home or indoors
- Take care of your mental health and wellbeing
- Checklist: are you ready to stay at home for two weeks?
To read the full Mind advice click here.
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Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation website has details on how to manage your intake of media and ensure that you only rely on reputable sources as well as lots of other helpful advice. Full information can be found here.
For the most up-to-date information and guidance from the UK government click here.
if you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis and need urgent mental health support? Call 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk and speak to the NHS Mental Health Triage Service.
The NHS 111 mental health triage service provides advice, support and guidance, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anyone living in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The Mental Health Triage Team has a wide range of skills, including on the phone brief psychological support and has access to key services and organisations that can offer mental health support to people in their time of need.
This service can also be also used by GPs and other healthcare professionals, the emergency services, mental health charities and any other organisations that come into contact with people experiencing a mental health crisis.
The Mental Health Triage Service can be accessed by phone by dialling 111 and online at www.111.nhs.uk.
If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 999.
For the latest information and guidance from the NHS please click here.
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