Look after others:
Focus on what's best for everyone - not just you (because that's what's best for you!). Relish the sense of community and kindness flourishing throughout our town to support and enable both the healthy and vulnerable to thrive. In the face of something like this, it is natural to think of ourselves first. It’s a built-in survival mechanism - grab what you can, save yourself. But if we really stop and think about it, the best way to “save ourselves” is to stop the spread of this virus, or at least slow it down. And that will take us working together, and thinking of each other
Looking out for each other and reflecting on how you might contribute to the strength and wellbeing of others around you/in your community, can enhance your own wellbeing. Providing a purpose and value to your day, it can be something as simple as calling a friend in isolation right through to volunteering in your local hospital/care home. As with all steps, it is important to follow the correct government advice, being mindful of risks to yourself and family whilst still 'playing your part'.
Social contact is a critical part of maintaining our own health and well-being, therefore it is all the more important to keep in touch with people albeit by telephone, text, e-mail, social media platforms, on-line groups and letters, when we cannot see people face to face. Take a look at some ways we might increase our social contact, without having to leave the house.
How can I access help in a mental health crisis?
All Mental Health services can now be accessed through the integrated Mental Health Hub which is available 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. A trained mental health navigator will take your details and then find the right support for you or give advice over the telephone.
The number to ring is 0300 330 1011 111.
Online Well-being Groups
For more information on our tailored online well-being groups, get in touch with your surgeries SPLW.
Examples of keeping in touch
- List all the people who you know are self-isolating, ring one person each day to see how they are
- Set up a WhatsApp group amongst people you usually meet-up with, meet at the same time virtually and share what you are doing, use photos to help share each other’s world.
- Set up an online game to play with some friends e.g. scrabble, Words with friends.
- Arrange to phone or if you want to see each other use WhatsApp/ Skype/ Facetime/ Zoom or Google Herding to ‘meet’ with some friends at a time you might have met up with for a coffee cup of coffee. Make your own coffee to enjoy with them as you chat. If you are struggling to set up these on-line tools, then telephone a younger relative/friend and ask them to talk you through the process!
- Write a letter to a friend or relative who you have not heard from for a while. If you do this on the computer, you can include photos and increase the font size if their sight is poor.