For many of us, the pandemic has impacted on our mental health and wellbeing.
The good news is that there are lots of things that we can do to look after our mental health and wellbeing, 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 tips to help you to look after your emotional health.
Anyone can have money worries, and it's important to remember that you're not on your own. It is never too late or too early to ask for support and advice.
If the current situation is impacting on you financially, you can find out about financial support and welfare benefits available to the residents of Derbyshire. For independent advice you can also contact your local Citizens Advice office.
If you're coping with redundancy useful support and advice can be found on the Mind website.
Boosting your emotional 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. It can help to make a wellbeing plan each day or week including these steps.
4Mental health include tips for small things you can do to keep yourself calm.
Samaritans have videos sharing relaxation tips like controlled breathing and muscle relaxation.
Self-help 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 even make your own mind plan, a personalised wellbeing plan to help you at this time.
The NHS have compiled a list of free apps to help you look after your mental health.
The government has guidance for looking after your mental health including easy read information.
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.
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 Side by Side
- 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
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.
Whatever you are going through, there are people that can listen to you and that can help you.
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
Many people have experienced the death of a loved one during the pandemic, due to COVID-19, or other reasons.
For many people, bereavement during the pandemic has been a particularly difficult experience.
Some people may feel they need a bit more support to manage how they are feeling at this time. There is bereavement support for you, if you need it.
For more information about bereavement visit the Cruse website.
Find out more about the bereavement support and help on offer.
For more information on local bereavement services you can also visit the Derbyshire Bereavement Hub.