Feeling concerned or overwhelmed by the news around coronavirus (COVID-19) is understandable, especially if you are struggling with your mental health or you have a physical illness.
You could be feeling worried about your own health, someone in your family, or what impact the virus will have on your life. Please click through the links below for guidance, information, tips and support.
There are lots of sources of information and tips around. Here are the links to some of them.
Calderdale Council: Coronavirus Advice and updates (click here)
Mental Health Foundation: How to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak (click here)
Living Life to the Full: Covid-19 Outbreak: How to look after your wellbeing (click here)
Carers UK: Coronavirus guidance (click here)
The NHS Apps Library has apps and online tools to help you manage your health and wellbeing (click here)
Being active reduces stress, increases energy levels, can make us more alert and help us sleep better. Explore different ways of adding physical movement and activity to your day and find some that work best for you. Even at home, there will be lots of ways to exercise and keep your body moving.
The Active Calderdale website www.active.calderdale.gov.uk has some great resources and ideas.
We are all individuals and there is no right or wrong way to cope or feel. For most of us, especially if we have never experience problems with anxiety or low mood before, these feelings will gradually disappear over time. However, some of us will need more help.
Here are some local and national sources of support:
Please note that all these services are busier than usual, so they might take a little while to respond.
Emotional health and wellbeing
Healthy Minds is Calderdale’s local mental health charity providing support to people in emotional distress – you can make contact with them by phoning 01422 345154 or visiting their website www.healthymindscalderdale.co.uk or Facebook page ‘Healthy Minds’
Safespace (run by Healthy Minds) is open from 6pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with the latest available appointments at 10pm. Phone 01422 345154 / Facebook ‘Safespace Calderdale’ / e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
SHARE night time support line (run by Calderdale Council) is open from midnight to 8am every day. You can call them on 01422 255455
The Silver Line is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours every day of the year. You can call them anytime on 0800 470 8090. Their website is www.thesilverline.org.uk/
The National Bereavement Alliance is a group of organisations providing support to those who are bereaved. Information on support available can be found at its website https://nationalbereavementalliance.org.uk/support/
CRUSE Bereavement Care offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. Its helpline 0808 808 1677 is open from 9.30am to 5pm Mondays to Friday, with extended opening hours till 8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. You can also e-mail on email@example.com or visit their website at https://www.cruse.org.uk/
Other helplines and support groups can also offer expert advice for you or a loved one – for details, please click here
Please don’t struggle at home if you are on your own, elderly or vulnerable.
Assistance is available through the Calderdale Volunteer Hub:
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- or Calderdale Council contact centre 01422 288001