COVID-19 and Mental Health & Wellbeing Pack

Posted: Wed, 20 May 2020 11:48

COVID-19 and Mental Health & Wellbeing Pack

The outbreak of Coronavirus has led to an understandably anxious time for many – partners are urging residents to seek mental health support if they're in need.

As part of this years Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from the 18-24 May, partners encouraging residents to look after their mental health and ask for help if needed.

Councils, police and NHS partners across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are coming together to during Mental Health Awareness Week to reassure people that there is no need to suffer in silence with mental or emotional distress, as help is at hand both locally and nationally.

By visiting the Start a Conversation website – www.startaconversation.co.uk – residents can find a range of information on services who can help provide help during a crisis, as well as how to maintain good mental health and provide support to family and friends.

Those working in partnership to promote these messages are Leicestershire County Council, which leads the Start a Conversation suicide prevention campaign; Leicester City Council and Rutland County Council; Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups; and Leicestershire Police, including the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

Tailored mental health information, advice and support is available via the Start a Conversation website on a three-tier basis: for those in crisis, who require urgent or emergency help; for those experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, who are struggling to cope; and for those who are more worried than usual and wish to improve their mental wellbeing.

Councillor Lee Breckon, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown are presenting a range of challenges to our mental health, with an increased number of residents across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland sadly reaching crisis point and unsure of where to turn".

To download the COVID-19 mental health resource pack, which includes a poster, a list of local and national support services catering for a range of circumstances and needs, and lifestyle tips based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, go to https://www.startaconversation.co.uk/coronavirus-and-mental-wellbeing

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