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Mental Health & Well-being

There are a lot of resources available to support you, and we recognise that everyone is different, with different needs. Government guidelines to look after your well-being, include the below:

We have provided below some hints, tips and links to support your well-being. These sources of information may be useful for you or family members now, or in the future.

Free Workouts

You can access free easy ten minute work outs from Public Health England or try other exercise videos at home on the NHS Fitness Studio. Sport England also has tips for keeping active at home. Joe Wicks also has some great exercise workouts for everyone.

Government Guidance

The Government has produced guidance on how to look after your mental health and well-being. This includes keeping in touch with family and friends via the phone, video calls or social media; supporting others around you too; talking about your worries (and helplines); looking after your physical as well as mental well-being and ensuring you sleep properly.

Every Mind Matters Guidance

Every Mind Matters provides simple tips and advice to start taking better care of your mental health. If you are still struggling after several weeks and it is affecting your daily life, please contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

The Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice on how to improve your sleep.

NHS Guidance

Visit the NHS mental health and well-being advice website for self-assessment, audio guides and practical tools, if you are experiencing stress, feelings of anxiety or low mood.

Your GP may be able to offer support and counselling.

Anxiety UK Guidance

The advice from Anxiety UK for anyone struggling with anxiety about Coronavirus is to limit the exposure to news sources covering the issue as this just serves to feed the fear. Also ensure you have some mental 'downtime' in your daily schedule. See their website for more information.

Mental Health and Well-being: Citizens Advice Bureau Guidance

China has reported an increase in domestic violence during their social isolation regime. If you are affected by domestic violence there are a number of organisations that can help and the Citizens Advice Bureau website has a lot of contact details.

M.I.N.D. Guidance

In Kent some of the local MIND branches are offering one to one telephone support for anyone finding things difficult. Contact your local MIND.

National MIND has lots of useful information and resources on their website.

Elefriends Guidance

Elefriends – supportive online community for people struggling with mental health issues

Release the Pressure Guidance

For residents of Kent and Medway, Release the Pressure offers free mental health support via telephone or online support.

ChildLine Guidance

ChildLine have reported a lot of enquiries from children worried about Coronavirus. It is important to realise our children might have worries about this and might need support to deal with stress during this time. They should be provided with clear information, but not too much information, and please be aware of how your own reactions might affect them. Children can contact ChildLine for advice on 0800 1111 and can get online support and counselling.

The Samaritans

The Samaritan are available 24/7 for anyone who needs them, whatever the problem - Telephone 116 123 or email or visit their website.

NB Thank you to the Kent County Welfare Officer for this information.