Looking after ourselves has never been more important than right now. The ‘new normal’ has changed the way we live, the way we work. We’re missing family, friends and colleagues. We’re using words like ‘Covid-19’, ‘lockdown’ and ‘social distancing’ at a time when we all need comfort the most. Coronavirus is affecting mental health in general causing disruption, uncertainty and anxiety.
The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is about kindness and looking out for each other and we are encouraging you to #SpeakYourMind and reach out to someone who needs a friend with a positive message, or share with them your own tips for coping to make sure they don’t have to face this pandemic alone.
For those with existing mental health problems, you may never have felt more lonely or isolated. Nobody has to face a mental health problem alone.
Talk to your friends, your family, your colleague or GP. Take advantage of technology with video calls to help you feel closer to people and don’t be afraid to say that you are struggling. During these times it is so important to reach out either to help or ask for help. We can get through these uncertain times together. The image shows some great ways of helping you to cope but the most important thing is to keep talking!