Coronovirus and staying well
If you are unsure whether you should self-isolate, or if you are looking for advice on Coronavirus symptoms, please read the Gov web page here.
The outbreak of Coronavirus is an anxious time for us all. You may have many worries about whether you should self-isolate or what the future holds. Coping with uncertainty is difficult and it is important to find practical ways to protect our physical health and support our mental wellbeing.
For comprehensive advice and guidance on current local service provision, please download the electronic booklet below. This details sources of support around some key themes such as Emotional well-being, physical well-being, Access to food, Housing related information and assured information on the Coronavirus. We will review the status of local services and make updates to this booklet when necessary.
Key Information booklet (Document, 1.5 Mb)
5 Ways to Wellbeing
The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are a great place to start to support us in keeping mentally and physically well. The 5 Ways are daily acts that can benefit our mental health and wellbeing, we can all adapt them to our circumstances, even those of us who may be self-isolating.
The Five Ways are Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn, and Give. Read on for tips on how to support your mental health using this method.
Connecting is all about developing and nurturing our social relationships. Having a strong support network can help you through difficult times in life and can combat feelings of loneliness or isolation. In times like this, where we may be isolated for long periods of time, it is important for us to stay connected to friends and family. One example could be:
- Making the most of technology - video chat apps like Skype and FaceTime are a great way of staying in touch with friends, family, colleagues, particularly if you live far apart. Try to do this regularly.
Being active is a way of finding physical activity that we enjoy. Incorporating physical activity into our day to the best of our ability is an excellent way of developing our mental wellbeing and can be something we can do to boost our mood even when self-isolating. Why not try:
- a free online home-exercise (e.g. Joe Wicks - The Body Coach)
Taking notice is reminding ourselves to look at the small things in life, which is proven to improve our mental wellbeing. This may feel like a difficult task if you are isolated, and have been for a long time; but here are some suggestions:
- Develop a mindfulness habit, which can be done through free mindfulness apps for your phone
- Being mindful in watching the news – if constant updates are making you feel more anxious, take time away from social media or TV.
Learning new things throughout our lives, no matter how old we are, is great for improving our self-esteem and keeping mentally sharp. We can do this through trying something completely new or trying to return to activities we once did and have always meant to pick back up again.
- Do a crossword puzzle, suzoku or play a challenging game
It is proven that people who volunteer their time in some way are much more likely to rate themselves as happy and feel more connected to their community. Now more than ever, acts of kindness can go a long way, in helping ourselves and others. Why not try:
- Help others that may not be able to visit the shops for groceries
For reliable information:
For your wellbeing:
There are lots of websites available that have very useful tips on maintaining your wellbeing during this difficult time, here are a few we have chosen:
For talking to your children about Coronavirus:
In the link below, you will find a handy illustrated guide for children on what Coronavirus is produced by Manuela Molina Cruz at Mind Heart.
I am Coronavirus - the children's guide (PDF, 1.5 Mb)
With schools being closed for some, celebrities have stepped in to keep your kids busy and active during the traditional school hours. Below are some ideas:
9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks https://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro
10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman www.themathsfactor.com
11.00am - English with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eJLA2RlZNq4&list=PLcpoB2VESJme7lSxXEcXyVtFPsMI78lcL
1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ
1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel https://twitter.com/diversedance
2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package
Non-daily events include:
Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule
9.30am Wednesday 25 March - Geography with Steve Backshall https://twitter.com/SteveBacksha…/status/1242058846941712385
Anytime, all ages and all subjects: BBC Bitesize
General listening lines and support
Mental Health Support
- SANEline offers support and information from 4.30pm–10.30pm. Call on 0300 304 7000.
- Mind offers advice Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm except bank holidays. Call 0300 123 339 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
- CALM Campaign Against Living Miserably is a line for men, and is open from 5pm–midnight: 0800 58 58 58. www.thecalmzone.net
- Samaritans Emotional support (all ages).www.samaritans.org. Call on 116 123
- Anxiety UK is a charity working to relieve and support those living with anxiety by offering information, support and understanding. Call their info-line Mon-Fri 9.30am - 5.30pm: 03444 775 774. Or text: 07537 416 905.
- No Panic offers support and information for those who suffer from Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and other related anxiety disorders. Call their helpline, open everyday 10.00am - 10.00pm. NOTE: calls cost 5p a minute + your access charge: 0844 967 4848.
- Switchboard is a line for LGBT+ support. Open from 10am–10pm: 0300 330 063. You can also email: email@example.com or chat online here
- The Silver Line is a line, open 24/7, for those over the age of 55: 0800 4708 090.
Children, Young People and Families
- Childline a confidential line for children to call if they need help or advice about any topic: 0800 1111. You can also access 1-2-1 counselling here.
- Youth Helpline (13-20 year-olds), open everyday 10.00am - 10.00pm: 0330 606 1174. www.nopanic.org.uk
- Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families-www.annafreud.org
- Papyrus UK-For the prevention of young suicide. call on0800 0684141 or visit www.papyrus-uk.org
- Young Minds Charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people. www.youngminds.org.uk
- Kooth - Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. https://www.kooth.com/
- Family Action - Supporting adult family members via telephone, text, email and web chat https://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/children-families/familyline/