Social distancing and self-isolating can be a daunting time for all members of the family and it is important that we protect our mental health as well as our physical health. The Government has released guidance around mental health and wellbeing aspects of Coronavirus.

 

For the latest advice and guidance around Coronavirus please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

 

For children and young people, please take a look at our Mind You site for tips around their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

 

Services

Southern Brooks

Southern Brooks Community Partnerships are working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council to provide support to local residents at this time. If you need to speak with someone about shopping, food, prescriptions, wellbeing support or signposting, please call 0333 577 4666 or email communitysupport@southernbrooks.org.uk.

They are available 11am – 7pm Monday – Friday and 12pm – 6pm Saturdays.

Southern Brooks are now offering online workshops and peer support. Please click here to book or call 01454 865337 or email wellbeing@southernbrooks.org.uk

 

Oasis Talk

Oasis Talk are currently offering all services online or over the phone. They have developed a brief protocol to assist people in reducing the demands of stress and anxiety on their bodies at this time which is delivered via a 30 minute phone call. Please call 0117 9277577 to make an appointment.

 

AWP

All visiting to AWP wards has been stopped. The AWP website has information around looking after your mental health during Coronavirus. They have also announced the launch of their new response line which is open 24/7. It provides advice, guidance and support over the phone for patients, families and carers as well as members of the public. Call 0300 303 1320. Find out more here http://www.awp.nhs.uk/news-publications/trust-news/2020/april/mental-health-247-telephone-response-line

 

Vita Health

All mental health services are being delivered either over the phone, via video conferencing or through webinars. The service is continuing to take referrals and you are able to self-refer yourself.

 

Our Frontline

Offers round the clock 1:1 support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health for all of those going to work as part of the national response to the Coronavirus.

https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/ourfrontline/

 

Next Link

Next Link are continuing to accept referrals and provide telephone support. Their domestic abuse telephone lines are open 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday 0800 4700280

 

Courses

For parents and carers, the changes Coronavirus has brought with it are particularly complex and means you are under a lot of pressure with working from home along with home-schooling, this can feel like a daunting and overwhelming task. Off the Record are hosting a new ‘Resilient Parenting’ group for parents and carers of 11-18yr olds.

 

Southern Brooks Community Partnerships are running a number of online wellbeing sessions;

  • Relax and Revive – You will learn how to help cope with anxiety, boost self-esteem and manage stress through a wide variety of meditation techniques
  • Tea and Talk – Come and meet new people, learn from others and share what helps to improve and maintain good emotional wellbeing
  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing Workshop – Understand the 5 Ways to Wellbeing; Connect, Learn, Be Active, Take Notice and Give

 

With many people working from home in the current situation, now more than ever we need to build physical activity into our day and consider the positive impact on our mental health. Wesport are hosting a one hour webinar on ‘Physical Activity for Good Mental Health’.

Physical activity for good mental health

 

 

Resources

You can find information and advice about looking after your mental health during Coronavirus:

 

10 Ways to be Kind

Despite the ongoing restrictions to our everyday lives, there are lots of ways you can show acts of kindness to mark this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Use our 10 ways to be kind resource to see the small things you can do to show others and yourself kindness.

10 Ways to be Kind

 

30 Day Challenge

Keeping mentally healthy during a time of such confusion and uncertainty can be hard. Use our 30 day challenge for some easy and fun ways to maintain your mental health through this time. You can do these challenges individually or as a family. We would love to hear how you get on with them so please contact us on: mentalhealth@southglos.gov.uk

30 Day Challenge

Toolkits

To support school staff, parents and carers during this period of uncertainty and disruption, each fortnight Mentally Healthy Schools (Anne Freud National Centre for Children and Families) is producing a toolkit of quality-assured, free resources from across the sector

 

Staying Connected

There are many different ways to stay connected with family, friends and work colleagues through this time, with many apps offering a video call option.

Video Calling Apps

 

Dealing with bereavement and grief

During the global coronavirus pandemic, we are facing a tragic loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances. The Government have produced a leaflet to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions during this time and explains next steps and guides you to extra help and support.

Information for the Bereaved

Cruse Bereavement Care have also put together some resources which may be helpful to you at this time.

Bereavement and Grief Resources

One You recommended digital apps

Find free apps to help you stress less, handle anxiety and lift your mood.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Apps

 

Mental health information in different languages

Find guidance and advice on coping strategies during anxious times.

Translated Mental Health Information