Mental Health Awareness Week: supporting local people through the coronavirus pandemic

20 May 2020

Life may be disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, but our mental health services are not – we are open for business and encourage you to get in touch for more support if you feel low, worried, anxious, or concerned. 

Staying at home for long periods is not a situation many of us are accustomed to or enjoy so it’s understandable you may feel bored, frustrated or lonely – particularly if you’re self-isolating or if someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus. 

It's important to remember that it’s ok to feel this way as everyone is different and reacts in their own way. There things you can do to help yourself cope if you’re feeling low or anxious, such as eating healthily, taking daily exercise, keeping your mind active, staying in touch with friends or family and focussing on getting regular sleep. 

There are also places you can turn to for extra help if you need it and it is important that you reach out. Here are some options available for you: 

Contact your GP practice. Surgeries remain open and will ensure you get the help you need - please contact them via phone or online. 

Get in touch with your local mental health support services. Talking Therapies: visit www.talkingtherapies.nelft.nhs.uk/ or call 0300 300 1554; Mental Health Direct: call 0300 555 1000 

Access free advice and resources. Visit www.good-thinking.uk/ and www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ for lots of really useful tips, tools and advice.