COVID-19 Mental Health Campaign Launched
Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters website has launched its COVID-19 Mental Health Campaign. It focuses on looking after people’s mental wellbeing during the pandemic. With many feeling worried, anxious or isolated during these challenging times, The campaign highlights lots of things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing and help others prevent these concerns from becoming more serious.
The new resources are designed specifically to offer support for specific mental wellbeing issues such as
- low mood and
- trouble sleeping
The Every Mind Matters Website signposts people to activities such as mindful breathing exercises, help reframing unhelpful thoughts, and muscle relaxation. The NHS-endorsed content offers tips for maintaining mental wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak. Their five top tips include:-
- Talk about your worries: It’s normal to feel worried, about the current situation. Maintain contact with friends and family via phone and video calls to share how you are feeling.
- Keep a regular routine and set goals: you may need to set a new routine for now. Try writing a plan for your day with the things you can still do at home, like watching a movie, or reading a book Setting goals and achieving them gives a sense of control and purpose. Maintaining good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally. The Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice on how to improve your sleep.
- Manage your media: try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to coverage of the outbreak to once or twice a day.
- Do things you enjoy or try something new: focussing on your favourite hobby, or learning something new, should give you some relief from anxious thoughts and feelings and can help boost your mood.
- Look after your body: our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse. Try to eat healthily, drink enough water and exercise regularly. But make you keep a safe 2-metre distance from others.
To help get this vital message out there, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are supporting Every Mind Matters and have narrated a new short film which is set to be broadcast across national TV channels from Monday 20th April.
About Every Mind Matters:
- Every Mind Matters provides simple NHS-approved tips and advice to start taking better care of your mental health. If you are still struggling and it is affecting your daily life, please contact NHS 111 online.
- 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.
- The Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice on how to improve your sleep.
- Visit the NHS mental health and wellbeing advice website for self-assessment, audio guides and practical tools, if you are experiencing stress, feelings of anxiety or low mood.
- If you already have a mental health problem, you can access comprehensive guidance provided by Mind