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Emotional health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak

If you are feeling anxious, worried or overwhelmed at the moment then that is perfectly normal.

You may be worried about your health, the health of your loved ones, concerned about money or feeling stressed at home.

The good news is that there are lots of things that we can all do to look after our emotional health, even at this time.

Most of the ideas don't cost anything and we can start many of them right now.

We've collected together a list of websites, support lines, videos, and apps with some great tips to help you to look after your emotional health.

Financial support

If you are anxious about the financial impact of the current situation, you can find out about financial support available to the residents of Derbyshire.

Coping with redundancy

If you're feeling worried about redundancy, that is entirely normal. Useful support and advice can be found on the Mind website.

Boosting your emotional wellbeing

Five ways to wellbeing

Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to help improve your mental health and wellbeing, these are connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give. You’ll be pleased to know that you can still do these 5 steps, even from your own home.

Relaxation tips

4Mental health include tips for small things you can do to help you feel calmer.

Samaritans have videos sharing relaxation tips like controlled breathing and muscle relaxation.

Connecting with others

There are a number of organisations that may help you feel more connected and supported:

  • Anxiety UK has a telephone helpline and online chat options
  • MIND runs a supportive community called Elefriends
  • Silver Line offers a helpline for older adults tel: 0800 470 8090
  • Age UK has some useful information on things that can help with loneliness
  • CALM is a national movement against suicide - they have a helpline and webchat

Fancy a cuppa?

Why not give yourself 10 minutes with a cup of tea? You could draw up a wellbeing plan for the day or the week.

Maybe you could take a photo of your plan with your phone so you can remind yourself what you are going to do during the day.

Self-help, support and advice for your mental health

MIND has lots of tips for looking after your emotional wellbeing if you're feeling anxious.

Public Health England have advice and tips for looking after your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

You can find useful advice on how to cope emotionally from the Mental Health Foundation such as sticking to reputable sources for information and connecting with others in new ways.

The NHS have compiled a list of free apps to help you look after your mental health.

OCD Action are the UK’s largest OCD charity and are running Skype and phone support groups for those whose OCD has been exacerbated by the current situation.

The government has guidance for looking after your mental health including easy read information.

Local and national services offering mental health support

The Derbyshire Mental Health Support line tel: 0800 028 0077. This is a freephone number and calls from landlines or mobiles should be free. The support line is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. It's staffed by mental health professionals and is for all ages.

Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service has an emotional care helpline. Tel: 01773 734 989, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

You can refer yourself to local Talking Therapy services (also known as IAPT services) where you can be helped to manage depression, low mood, stress and panic.

The Samaritans can be contacted 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Support for managing low mood and depression, and getting help in a crisis

It is important to speak to your GP if you are concerned about your mood, particularly if you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

Your GP will be able to offer you a telephone appointment and advice on how you might best manage your mental health.

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal there are people you can talk to:

  • speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust
  • call the Derbyshire Mental Health Support line tel: 0800 028 0077 (24 hours per day 7 days a week) - this is a freephone number and calls from landlines or mobiles should be free
  • call the Samaritans 24-hour support service tel: 116 123 or contact Samaritans online
  • use the Staying Safe website for support, information and making your own safety plan
  • contact NHS 111, though be aware of delays in accessing this service
  • make an urgent appointment to see your GP, who may be operating a callback service
  • tel: 999
  • if you require urgent medical intervention, go to your nearest emergency department, though be aware that there are increased demands on emergency departments at the moment and there are transmission risks as well

Support for bereavement and loss

Most people will experience grief when they lose something or someone important to them.

During the coronavirus pandemic bereaved people may be cut off from some of their usual support network and this can cause additional difficulties. The usual rituals of grief, mourning and saying goodbye to loved ones are also interrupted. People who are already struggling with bereavement, or whose relatives or friends die through other causes will also be affected.

Find out more about the bereavement support and help on offer.