There is no doubt that we are currently living through a hugely difficult time, so it’s important that we take some time to reflect on how we are all feeling. It is completely normal to feel stressed and anxious in challenging times such as this and to feel this way does not mean we are failing. Our colleagues at the North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network have collated a valuable list of resources to help you at this time.
An A5 advice booklet has been produced by Cumbria-based charity Every Life Matters and is in the process of being printed and distributed across the North East and North Cumbria. You can access it online here
Public Health England – COVID-19 Guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing
Mental Health Foundation – Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
PHE Every Mind Matters – 10 tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus
World Health Organisation – Mental health and psychosocial considerations during COVID-19 outbreak
Recovery College Online – ‘Coping during the pandemic’ course
If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse at any time during the coronavirus outbreak, or you’re worried about someone you know, you can seek urgent help or advice via the following links.
Staying Safe – Staying safe from suicidal thoughts
Samaritans – Practical ways to help yourself cope
Shout – Crisis text support – Text Shout to 85258
If someone is at immediate risk of suicide or injury through self-harm, treat it as an emergency and call 999.
For more information
For more information on help for children and young people, staying at home and self-isolation, working from home and being a key worker, click here