Mental Awareness Week in a Pandemic

Published: 21 May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week in a pandemic

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and there has never been a better time to take a step back and think about your own mental health and those around you.

Running until this Sunday, the theme of the week is kindness.

Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. Kindness has been flourishing during the lockdown and we've seen communities really pulling together to help neighbours.

Protecting our mental health is going to be central to us coping with and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.

Mental Health Awareness WeekSometimes the people we need to be kindest to are ourselves.

Our Frontline is a resource to support frontline health, care, emergency and key workers, offering round the clock one-to-one confidential mental health and bereavement support, by call or text.

If you work in the NHS text FRONTLINE to 85258 or call 0300 131 7000 or 116 123 (24hrs)

If you work in Social Care text FRONTLINE to 85258 or 116 123 (24hrs)

If you work in the emergency services text BLUELIGHT to 85258 or phone 0300 131 7000 (ambulance staff only) or 116 123 (24hrs)

If you are a key worker text KEYWORKER to 85258 or phone 116123 (24hrs)

Kindness and mental health are deeply connected. The coronavirus outbreak means that life is changing for everyone for a while. It may cause people to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated. It's important to remind people it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently.

Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most people, these difficult feelings will pass. Kindness can reduce isolation, stress and help build our own self-esteem particularly at time like this.

Here’s a few places you could look for help if you’re struggling:

  • 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 after several weeks and it is affecting your daily life, please speak to your GP or contact NHS 111 online.
  • For men: This is Heads Up
  • Supporting people with suicidal thoughts at See the Signs
  • Online counselling for young people at Kooth
  • Frontline – resources for health, social care, emergency and key workers.
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • Samaritans
  • Psychologists from the British Psychological Society have produced guidance for key workers and their children on navigating the emotional effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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