Keeping well mentally is just as important as keeping physically well. There is a lot of excellent information and advice that you can follow, in addition to using support services. Please review the available options below
There is information on the government website about looking after your mental health, on: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
Public Health England have launched their new ‘Every Mind Matters Campaign’. For information, support, advice and the ability to develop your own mind plan, please visit their website here.
Find out who you can do things for others on: www.actionforhappiness.org. This includes 10 keys to happier living
- Giving – Do things for others
- Relating – connect with people
- Exercising – take care of your body
- Awareness – live life mindfully
- Trying out – keep learning new things
- Direction – have goals to look forward to
- Resilience – find ways to bounce back
- Emotions – look for what’s good
- Acceptance – be comfortable with yourself
- Meaning – be part of something bigger
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) have launched a My Whole Self toolkit (https://mhfaengland.org/mhfa-centre/news/my-whole-self-toolkit-launch/), the digital centre piece of its new campaign for workplace culture change. The toolkit helps everyone to support their mental health while working from home.
Livewell Essex has also put together 7 ways to wellbeing, available to read here.
Support and Services
Do you need urgent mental health help now?
If you've had thoughts of self-harming or are feeling suicidal, contact someone immediately such as your GP, a friend, a relative or someone else you can trust.
- Urgent: call 999
- Non-urgent: call your local GP, or NHS on 111
- Health in Mind (IAPT) - wide range of talking therapy treatments for adults with common mental health problems. Health in Mind is part of the national initiative Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). individuals can self refer online find out more here., or call 01376 308704, or visit your GP.
Telephone, Text or email
- Adults: MIND - Tel: 01206 764600, E: email@example.com
- Teenagers (11-19): Virgin Care & Bernados Chat Health - Tel: 07520 615731
- Children and Families: EWMHS - Tel: 0300 3001600, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
- All: Mental Health Direct - Tel: 0300 5551000
- Shout: Text: 85258
If it’s not an emergency, there are many ways for you to seek help for mental health worries. The charity MIND offers some excellent advice on how to talk to your GP when you suspect you are suffering from a mental health problem. Plus, 'for support services for teenagers and children, please download... '
For more information, please visit https://midessexccg.nhs.uk/livewell/mentalhealth