News from: Reading Voluntary Action
A round-up of information on mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak
Government guidance: This week the government issued new guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus. It includes how you can connect with others during this time, helping those around you, looking after your physical wellbeing and managing your media and information intake.
–A list of NHS recommended helplines.
–Carers Direct has a helpline open from 08:00 to 21:00 Monday to Friday, and from 11:00 to 16:00 at weekends, call 03001 231053.
–Carers UK has a helpline open from 10:00 to 16:00 on Mondays and Tuesdays, call 08088 087777.
–Samaritans 24/7 freephone number is 116 123.
–Mind’s helpline is available Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 18:00, call 03001 233393.
Every Mind Matters: The Public Health England and NHS England mental health campaign Every Mind Matters is now tailored to support people through social distancing and home isolation. Find guidance, advice and tips on how to maintain your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home or are worried and anxious about the outbreak.
Anxiety UK: Easy access to a range of information, resources and support for helping you understand how to deal with your anxiety during these difficult times while coronavirus is impacting on our lives.
Talking Therapies: The new Talking Therapies website from NHS Berkshire Healthcare has self-help guides and resources for everyone.
Samaritans: Resources to help you if you’re worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.
Mind: Lots of things to try to help your wellbeing.
Mental Health Foundation: The Mental Health Foundation is part of the national mental health response providing support to address the mental health and psychosocial aspects of the Coronavirus outbreak, alongside colleagues at Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care. Read more on their page about looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.
Staying active at home
–How to stay active while you’re at home – Sport England
–Get Berkshire Active – Active at Home