During this uncertain time, the nation’s mental health is taking a hit, not to mention those who already have mental health conditions. Our anxiety and stress levels are rising and everything we can’t control is getting us down. So, let’s focus on what we can control.
Let’s pull together to get one another and our mental health through these difficult times. Please use the resources below to help support yourself and others.
Looking after yourself and others
Coronavirus has plunged the whole world into uncertainty and the constant news updates can feel relentless. All of this can affect people’s mental health. Please use and share the below resources with others who are in need.
- Mental Health helplines NHS
- MIND, Coronavirus and your wellbeing
- Anxiety UK: Includes videos, webinars other useful links and lots more
- NHS: Mental wellbeing while staying at home
- Mental Health UK
Local support: We will share details for updated mental health support services in Essex very soon. For now, please find below some key contact for people in the county, including those who are worried about the mental health of someone they know.
Living Well Essex: Important contacts and guidance
The Essex Welfare Service is there to help you find and access support during the Covid-19 challenge. If you need support with advice, daily living tasks and wellbeing, please contact them – 03003039988.
ACL will be sharing tips over the coming weeks to support your wellbeing. Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook, and check for updates on our website.
Keeping active and well at home
Staying active is really important for all of our mental health and wellbeing. Active Essex has compiled some fantastic activities for you to do whilst at home to keep a positive mindset:
- Tips and guidance for your mental wellbeing, from Essex partners, such as Motivated Minds
- Gentle exercise videos and routines for those who are new to physical activity, older, living with a long-term health condition or those who want a relaxing session.
- Higher energy activities, with routines from Tough Mudder and HIIT to try in your living room as well as Davina McCall online workouts to do in your garden.
- Family workouts! Now the kids are off school, it is important to keep them active too! So, get the family together to keep moving with some of our family activity ideas.
Visit Active Essex and join in the movement – @StayInWorkOut
Essex Coronavirus Action: This group is an initiative set up by Essex County Council, Public Health England, local Community Leaders and is supported by Facebook.
The success of this group and its ability to help our community will rely on the members helping each other and us to keep it a useful place of trusted information and support.
The group has three goals:
We will do this by providing the latest NHS-approved advice about how to avoid exposing yourself to Covid-19 and passing it on to other more vulnerable people. We ask you NOT to share medical advice or give medical opinions in this group. We will not be approving posts that ask for medical advice and we ask that you do not give medical advice in the comments of posts.
We will provide the latest information to debunk the many viral myths on social media about Covid-19. To help us we ask you not to share information to this group unless you have included an official source for it. We will not be approving videos, posts which have been made by unconfirmed members of the public (eg. a “nurse on Facebook”) or other unsourced information.
We want to make sure that our residents, especially our most vulnerable members of Essex and their carers get the urgent help that they need, both practically and emotionally.
To do this we need to share accurate information and advice. We are asking those of you who can, to sign up as a volunteer to help people in your community with daily tasks such as: Shopping, Transport, Being a phone buddy, Being a Facebook buddy, Posting mail, Urgent supplies, Feeding, Hydration, Carer support
Government: digital support solutions for people who need to stay at home because of coronavirus:
Essex County Council: Update on services affected by the Coronavirus
Mental Health, Housing and Financial Guide for Veterans: Housing and financial support available for veterans (businesscostsaver.co.uk)
Princes trust: We are listening – Princes Trust offering support and advice to young people, visit the website or follow on social media or call 0800 842 842.
Essex community foundation: For help support and funding advice call: 01245 356018. If your charity or community group needs financial support, please call the grants team on 01245 356018 to register your interest.
National Lottery: Advice and support for projects funded by National Lottery:
Martin Lewis: Fund: available for small businesses
Age UK: Advice for elderly
Children In Need Emergency Essential Fund: Funding available for charities and groups providing emergency essentials, such as hot meals to those in crisis!
Essex Alliance: Offering a forum for information sharing for local charities:
Media Trust and Charity comms to offer specific digital support to local community groups and charities to assist with communications during this Covid 19 response.
Tesco: Community Fund is STILL open and have a special Bags of Help FAQ page on Covid19. Fund is run by Groundworks