THE coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has meant that life has changed for all of us for a while. It may cause you or your loved ones to feel anxious, stressed, worried or frustrated. It’s important to remember it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently.
In support of Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters campaign ‘Make Inside Feel Better’, NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants adults, especially those most at risk of mental health problems, to create a free NHS-approved ‘Mind Plan’
(a quick and free interactive tool offering tailored mental well-being advice) and to access the support available on their website
Research shows that since the start of the pandemic there has been an increase in a range of mental health conditions for adults, from low wellbeing, sleep problems and anxiety to depression.
The Every Mind Matters platform
has been continuously updated to support people during the COVID-19 outbreak, and has a COVID-19 hub
that includes tips and support on how to deal with change, cope with money worries and job uncertainty and how to look after your mental wellbeing while staying at home.
It also includes practical tips and videos from experts on dealing with stress
, boosting your mood
better and what you can do to help others – including advice for parents
and for children and young people
Dr Asad Ali, Co-Chair at NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG, said: “There are lots of things we can all do to look after our own mental health and help others, to prevent anxious, stressed, worried or frustrated feelings from becoming more serious. When things aren’t so good out there, make inside feel better – that’s the message we want to get across to local people in our communities.”
In addition to the support available from Every Mind Matters and the CCG, the Greater Manchester Resilience Hub has extended its covid-19 psychological and emotional wellbeing support to thousands more health and care staff and their families who work and/ or live in Greater Manchester. For details visit: penninecare.nhs.uk/mcrhub-covid19