Yesterday (Thursday 16 April), Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State, Dominic Raab MP, announced that lockdown would be extended for at least another three weeks.
It’s normal to feel worried or anxious during these challenging times. There are lots of things people can do to look after their own mental health and help others, to prevent these feelings from becoming more serious.
Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters has launched new tips and advice focused on looking after your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The range of new resources aims to help people manage their mental health during the pandemic.
- A tailored COVID-19 Mind Plan – simply answer five quick questions to get your free plan with tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control.
- COVID-19 specific content for individuals and their loved ones
- Support for mental wellbeing issues such as anxiety, stress, low mood and trouble sleeping
Councillor Margaret Cracknell, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Looking after your mental wellbeing is just as important as looking after your physical wellbeing, especially during this pandemic when the nation is staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
“It’s not always easy – we can feel frustrated, miss loved ones or get anxious. But we’re in this together and there is support out there. Every Mind Matters is here to help, giving you access to simple steps to help deal with stress, boost your mood and feel on top of things.
“There are also a variety of local services to help people who may be struggling during this difficult time.”
For tips, advice and support, visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also supporting the Every Mind Matters campaign and have narrated a short film which is set to be broadcast across National TV channels from Monday 20 April.
The film features a range of people whose lives have been affected by COVID-19. It aims to spread the vital message that everyone can take care of their mental wellbeing at this difficult time and that support is there for those who need it.
There are also various local services available to people in North East Lincolnshire. These are listed below:
North East Lincolnshire mental health services:
A new 24/7 mental health support service has been launched in North East Lincolnshire, offering professional support to people affected by COVID-19.
A joint venture between North East Lincolnshire Council, NAViGO and Young Minds Matter, the confidential helpline offers support to all ages – from children to adults and older people – across the borough.
The telephone support service can be accessed by anyone – from individuals already accessing mental health services to people struggling with the new social distancing restrictions, isolation or pandemic-related anxiety.
Visit www.navigocare.co.uk/24-7-covid-19-mental-health-service-launched/ or call the Single Point of Access (SPA) on (01472) 256256, option 3 for 24/7 mental health support.
Support for children and young people:
- Find out what help you may need by visiting the self-help menu at www.nelincs.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/covid-19-emotional-wellbeing-resources/self-help-menu
- Young Minds Matter at www.lpft.nhs.uk/young-people/north-east-lincolnshire/home. You can call (01472) 626100, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Outside of these hours, you can call the Single Point of Access on (01472) 256256.
- School Nursing Service – Confidential and anonymous support for young people (11-19 years old) weekdays 9 to 5pm. Text 07507 331620.
- Kooth at www.kooth.com/
- Childline at childline.org.uk/ or call 0800 1111
Support for adults:
- North East Lincolnshire MIND – (01472) 349991
- The Samaritans: Freephone 116 123 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably – 0800 585 858
For more information on support you can seek, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/covid-19-emotional-wellbeing-resources/