Looking after your mental health
During these unusual times you may be feeling a mix of different emotions. You may find that you are feeling anxious, worried, angry or sad and it may be difficult to manage the changes to your normal routines. To help with this we have put together a list of numbers and websites to use if you need some additional support over the coming weeks. We have also included a summary of the advice from Public Health England on what you can do to help with your emotional wellbeing.
Think about ways that you can stay in touch with friends and family via telephone, video calls and social media whilst you are not able to meet in person.
Talk about your worries and frustrations either with friends, or online/over the phone via the helpline numbers and websites listed below.
Look after your physical health as this can have a big impact on your emotional and mental health. Drink plenty of water, eat healthily and exercise where possible.
before bed, allowing you time to unwind before going to sleep.
Limit the time you spend watching the news as 24-hour news and constant social media updates can make you more anxious and worried.
Think about ways to create new positive daily routines and set goals to help you achieve a sense of control and purpose.
Do things that you enjoy such as listening to music, cooking, exercise, reading, interacting with friends, watching a film, puzzles, drawing, painting, colouring or maybe try something new.
Try to maintain good sleep routines with a regular bedtime and no screens
Here are some links that you may find useful, however, if you would like to talk to someone, please call us on 01962 820444
The Young Minds website has a list of helplines and websites where you can find information, advice and support – https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/your-guide-to-support/need-to-talk/
Cruse Bereavement Care’s youth website – www.hopeagain.org.uk – offers information for young people including vlogs, podcasts and videos. Their helpline – 0808 808 1677 – is open Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 5pm.
Papyrus – https://papyrus-uk.org – offers confidential support and advice for young people who are experiencing thoughts of suicide. Their HOPELINE number is 0800 068 41 41. Lines are open from 9am to 10pm weekdays and 2pm to 10pm on weekends.
Samaritans – https://www.samaritans.org – have a 24-hour free helpline – 116 123 – for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.