Calderdale Council is committed to promoting good mental health and wellbeing in the borough and is raising awareness of the support available to minimise the mental health impacts of COVID-19.
The impacts of COVID-19 on physical health are well documented and residents should all follow national guidance on social distancing (limiting social contact to reduce the spread of COVID-19) and staying at home if you, and/or someone you live with, have symptoms, e.g. a high temperature and/or a new and continuous cough.
To minimise the impact that these restrictions may have on people’s mental health, Public Health England has published new online guidance to help people during this difficult time.
Everyone reacts differently to events and changes in routine, and during this time, it’s normal to feel lonely, bored, anxious and concerned about yourself or others. The guidance features lots of ways to help manage and ease these feelings, including:
Try to maintain regular sleeping patterns - The Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice on how to improve your sleep.
Lots more advice is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing. There’s also guidance, advice and tips on how to maintain your mental wellbeing at https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/.
The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, said
“Coronavirus is one of the biggest challenges our country has ever experienced, especially in the lifetime of many of our residents.
“These are unprecedented times and it’s understandable to feel concerned and overwhelmed as we all adapt to changes in our lives and routine.
“Continuing to look after both our physical and mental health is so important. This online support offers some great advice which can be of benefit to everyone at this unsettling time.”
Calderdale Council’s Director of Public Health, Paul Butcher, said:
“It’s vital that everyone follows national guidance and stays at home, but there are lots of ways to support your own health and wellbeing whilst social distancing.
“I recommend that everyone looks at the guidance available, whether you’re struggling with your mental health or not. Let’s take this time to reflect on our wellbeing, to help ourselves and others who may be struggling.
“I also find it helps to focus on the positives of individual situations with what’s known as having an ‘open mindset’. For example, rather than feeling ‘stuck at home’ focus on being safe at home or seeing it as an opportunity to spend more time with family. It really can help.”
The gov.uk/coronavirus website also includes tailored advice for parents and carers on how to support children and young people with stress during the coronavirus outbreak.