Information on coronavirus: taking care of your mental wellbeing
There's a lot in the news and on social media about the coronavirus and many people are feeling worried or anxious about the current situation.
Follow official guidance
Avoid false reports and speculation about the coronavirus on social media. Follow guidance from trusted sources such as www.nhs.uk or www.gov.uk. NHS England has worked with Twitter UK to get national and regional NHS Twitter accounts verified with Twitter's blue tick - so you know who you're following. See: NHS England - @NHSEngland; Public Health England - @PHE_uk; UK Government - @GOVUK. You can also follow NHS Leeds - @nhsleeds.
If there are other social media accounts that you find upsetting or make you feel anxious, then try muting or unfollowing them. Consider having a digital detox and taking some time off from social media each day.
Take care of your physical and mental health
It's important to look after your health during these challenging times and continue with your usual self-care routines. Make sure you're eating a healthy diet (at regular times), staying hydrated, taking time to relax each day and sleeping well.
Follow @MindWellLeeds on Twitter. MindWell will be running a #SpringtimeMeTime self-care campaign from 20 March with ideas to help you stay well at this time.
Look after your wellbeing if you're staying at home
If you have the symptoms of coronavirus you must stay at home for 7 days (and avoid contact with other people).
- Eat sensibly - ask friends or a delivery service to drop off food for you (include fruit and vegetables). Make sure you stay at least 2 metres away from other people.
- Drink plenty of water
- Keep moving - do not leave the house for a walk. Why not try yoga, stretching or walking up the stairs?
- Stay connected with your support network - keep in touch by phone or instant message. Or, join a moderated peer support community such as Elefriends.
- Keep taking any prescribed medication - you may be able to order a repeat prescription using an app or website if your GP surgery offers this. You could also ask your pharmacy about getting it delivered. Call NHS 111 if you're worried about getting your medication.
- Try to get enough sleep (alone if you're self isolating / staying at home if possible) and keep to a daily routine.
- Keep busy - read a book, try an online course, catch up on life admin or do some decluttering.
- Find ways to relax and be creative - MindWell has lots of ideas to get creative that you can do at home.
NHS in Mind
Anyone needing information or strategies for coping, handling anxieties, learning how to relax, learn effective breathing techniques for psychological, emotional, physical wellbeing click here
Leeds Crisis Card
Feel like you’ve had enough? (crisis card)
The Crisis Card encourages people to seek support from local services in times of crisis, and is part of a range of suicide prevention initiatives across the city. The Crisis Card includes the contact details for a broad range of local services, including housing, debt, and bereavement support. Click here for a copy.
How are you feeling?
How are you feeling? is a booklet that provides mental health information for adults in Leeds. Public Health (Leeds City Council) and MindWell, the Leeds-based mental health website, have worked together to produce a new, updated edition.
It is aimed at the general public and is for use by key partners in the city (including Third Sector services, GPs, housing staff, welfare and employment services).
The 16-page booklet aims to help people find the right information and support around mental health in Leeds, including:
- local support and services
- help with money, housing or work issues
- self-care tips to take care of your mental health
- how to find help in a mental health crisis
The booklet also contains information for people under 18 about Mindmate, the website for children and young people in Leeds, which has information about common issues and local and national services.
A copy of the booklet can be found here.
You can find more helpful information at:
- NHS.uk - Stay at home advice (coronavirus)
- Advice from Carers UK
- Through the Maze - EasyRead guidance
- Public Health England - guidance in BSL
- Signhealth - guidance in BSL
- Mind - Coronavirus and your wellbeing
- Mental Health Foundation - Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
If you are struggling - remember that you're not alone. There's always someone to talk to. You can find helplines and local services at: www.mindwell-leeds.org.uk/help