Looking after ourselves has never been more important than right now. The ‘new normal’ has changed the way we live, the way we work. We are missing family, friends and colleagues. We are using words like ‘’, ‘lockdown’ and ‘’ at a time when we all need comfort the most.
The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is about kindness and looking out for each other. There is support for people who are finding life a struggle and who need a helping hand. No one should suffer in silence. Details and ‘phone numbers of organisations and charities who can help are below.
Adding to specific triggers (eg food, hygiene)
Undermining existing coping strategies
Accentuating existing physical health problems
Causing social deprivation and acute financial pressure
Creating difficulties accessing support
Putting people at risk of violence and abuse
ITV’s Britain Get Talking encourages people to connect - and we have never needed to connect more. The initiative is supported by mental health charities and and a host of ITV faces. There are simple steps that can help you look after your own mental health and wellbeing.
YouGov has carried out research for ITV which shows that people are more concerned about mental health at this time.
44% of people feel more concerned about their mental health than usual
55% of people feel more concerned about their family’s mental health than usual
57% of people say they are conscious of the need to look after their mental wellbeing
There are some positive things about the lockdown:
37% of people have got back in touch with old friends or family since the lockdown
60% of people say they’re talking more often to family and friends on the phone than before the lockdown
It is estimated that Britain Get Talking has encouraged more than 6 million people to make a call or send a text to make others feel more connected to friends, family and the nation.
Who would you get in touch with that you have lost touch with – old boyfriend/girlfriend?
How often should you speak to family members that are not your parents or kids. What’s normal?
Would you play phone contact roulette – spinning through your contacts to choose someone to call at random
(A sample of 1,017 people to the end of April).
YoungMinds carried out a survey of 2,000 people with pre-existing mental health conditions and found 83% of young people felt that lockdown had made their condition worse. They had worries about their family’s health and their own health, school and university closures, loss of routine and social connections, family finances and worries about losing a job.
Here are some coping mechanisms that helped:
Face-to-face calls with friends: 72% found helpful, 3% unhelpful.
Watching TV / films: 72% helpful; 6% unhelpful
Face-to-face calls with family: 47% found helpful, 8% found unhelpful
Spending time with family: 48% found helpful, 23% unhelpful
Reading / watching the news: 13% helpful; 66% unhelpful
Channel Islands Contacts:
Mind Jersey is an independent local charity that provides support to people living with mental illness. It offers services such as peer support, residential help, family and carer support, and another side of the charity, , focuses on young people.
Jersey Liberate Jersey is an equality and diversity charity in the Channel Islands. It is providing free counselling support to anyone who feels their mental health is being impacted by the changes to daily life imposed by the COVID-19 virus.
My Voice Jersey is a charity which specialises in supporting people who have severe and enduring mental-ill health or people who suffer from a severe lack of capacity. This could include islanders who have been detained, sectioned, are in hospital or prison, or who need to go to a specialist unit in the UK.
Jersey Alcohol and Drugs ServiceIf you are concerned about your own alcohol and drug use, or someone else's who is close to you, visit the where you can fill in a questionnaire which will direct you to the best place to seek support.
Guernsey Liberate Guernsey is an equality and diversity charity in the Channel Islands. It is providing free counselling support to anyone who feels their mental health is being impacted by the changes to daily life imposed by the COVID-19 virus.
Alternatively, consider contacting your GP.